“Intelligence without ambition is like a bird without wings.”  Salvador Dali

The other day I was driving along a country road when I rounded a corner and came upon a family of sandhill cranes next to the road.  I stopped the car, opened the window, and asked if they’d mind if I took a picture.  They said it would be OK so I snapped a few while they paraded back and forth.


We got to talking and I asked about their child’s school and if they were concerned about SAT’s coming up.  I asked the lady if she’d been thinking about what to serve for dinner that evening.  She glanced over at me and seemed puzzled.

I tried to explain that as a superior species I had the ability to plan ahead and worry about things that might never happen.  I also had the ability to obsess, which is basically riding every train that pulls into my head.  Or is that squirrel caging?  I have so many abilities that sometimes it’s hard to keep them straight.

Then I asked the dad how his job was going and, like his mate, he simply looked puzzled. As the conversation wasn’t going along very well I decided to be on my way, as I probably had an important place to be.  I said, “Have a nice day”, and that’s when one of them, I’m not sure who, spoke.  “And why wouldn’t we”, they said.  I guess they don’t know about all the things that could go wrong in one day.  It’s good to be a superior species, isn’t it!

Loveya – The Grandma

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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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