“The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.”—Charles DarwinWe are housesitting over on Puget Sound. We love coming here. One of our tasks is feeding the fish. The gardens here are amazing and the owners have three large ponds that are connected by a river that runs along the side of the house and drains into another pond outside our bedroom. The sound of water is so soothing here.
These ponds are full of brightly colored koi. When I come close to the ponds the fish get excited. I know they are expecting food. Actually, I don't really have to feed them because there is enough algae in the ponds for them to live off of, but it's nice to get a treat every now and then.
Not only do we feed the fish, but we also feed the cats (all four of them) and the birds! There's lots of wildlife and nature here. It's a little oasis of peace.
At our home in Seattle, we don't feed anyone except ourselves. We don't have kids, dogs, cats, birds or fish. We have quite a number of plants, however. My husband's theory is that if a plant dies, you don't feel so bad about it.
Actually, to tell you quite honestly, I feel very grateful for my life and wouldn't change a thing. I haven't felt the need to add a kid, dog, cat, bird or fish to the mix, but I still love all of the aforementioned.
I feel happy to see the faces of children and the touch of newborn babies, I love cuddling with cats of any size or personality, a dog is fun to throw a stick to or even a frisbee, birds are fascinating to watch as they eat from the feeders or gather sticks for their nests, fish are beautiful to see effortlessly gliding under the water. I feel so full of all of these.
It's a treat to be here. We get to feed fish. Love is meant to flow from one being to the next, it's everywhere and it can never be owned. Feeding the fish reminds me that all creatures great and small are worthy of our attention.
Do you pay attention to all creatures great and small around you?