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Feeding squirrels may sound like an old persons thing. Actually it is and there is a beautiful reason. Here’s why.

I hope you find out one day why old people feed the squirrels.

There comes a time when no one is looking or noticing you. No she didn’t smile at you. No he isn’t checking out your ass. No, she’s not flirting with you.

I’ve found that number to be about 40.

The sooner you face this reality the easier you can relax and enjoy life.

You know who’s head you’re turning after 40? Squirrels.

Old people ain’t much to look at. You don’t notice them. They’re just kinda…there.

But old people notice you. Sounds weird but I hope one day you find out why.

Old people notice children especially. And old people take a kind notice to every animal.

And here’s why.

Old people have been around for a long time. They know a lot of things. Been through a lot of things. And those things near and dear to them that they once used to take for granted are fleeting.

Old people notice children because damned if they didn’t used to love to ride a bike with no fear. Hanging out with friends to just do nothing was the best damn way to spend the time.

Older folks know things. They did things at one time that all of us have forgotten about and currently take for granted. We are a thankless bunch.

And because of this they have a deep knowing and value for life.

A squirrel. An innocent creature so trusting and open as to take food from a stranger.

An old person knows that a simple walnut can be be so valuable and mean so much to that squirrel. An old person knows that value because through their years, they too have realized the  simple things in life tend to be the most valuable and appreciated.

An old person knows that giving something, that to them seems so simple, means the world to that squirrel. A simple act of kindness that took seconds and pennies meant a world of difference to that squirrel. It’s as easy as that.

How beautiful is that?

If you’re over 50 and in the park and don’t have anything for the squirrels. I will have to wonder what kind of cold hearted animal you are?

The squirrels will wonder too.

 

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”
Ashley Smith

 

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