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What A Wonderful World

May 20, 2015

By Mary Beth Wighton
I have insomnia. I was sleeping for a bit, but then woke up. As I lay in bed, I began to think about the day I had. I know I have to write about two extraordinary events. To set the tone of the day, I need you for you to think of Louis Armstrong's song, “What a wonderful world.”

To help with your humming, here are the first few lines of this beautiful song:
“I see trees of green........ red roses too
I see em bloom..... for me and for you
And I think to myself.... what a wonderful world.”

Today, I was busy in the yard. Weeds seem to come in some new classification of “weeds-on-steroids.” There was much delight in yanking them out so my flowers could show off their true beauty. Shiloh, my big brown lab, was out with me enjoying the sun. It was a good day.

I was focused on removing some of these weeds-on-steroids, when suddenly I heard this high-pitched, squeaky sound. Quickly turning around, I saw Shiloh nosing in the grass some tiny creature. I grabbed his collar and brought him into the house. I examined the area and to my surprise discovered a tiny bunny. It was pink with a bit of black, perhaps 2 inches long, with its eyes tightly shut. Wow!

Looking around, I found an indent in the long grass. A tiny nest with another baby bunny was nestled into its warm surroundings. Not wanting to touch it, I used two sticks to gently move the bunny back into its home. I then covered it back up with grass and white fur fluffs. Extraordinary!Never in my life have I seen such a thing. And here one was in my own back yard, hiding in plain view. Excited by my findings, I went into the house to share the news with Dawn. Her eyes lite up as well.

I wanted to know more about these little babies, so my quick googling found a few facts for me:
✔ rabbits won't reject their offspring if you touch them
✔ a female rabbit will only nurse her litter a few minutes once or twice at night
✔ the rabbit doe (mother) will be out of the nest most of the time, and
✔ the doe pulls out some of its own fur to line the nest.

Humming to myself “what a wonderful world” I continued my work. Suddenly, a quick motion caught my eye. Right in front of me, a hummingbird danced about the flowers, extracting nectar as it went. Its shiny green metallic back shone in the sunlight. I watched it in awe; it seemed unaware of me. As quickly as it came, it left. Extraordinary.

Within one hour of each other, I saw two extraordinary events that I have never witnessed before. All within my own backyard. It made me pause and wonder. Do I have some kind of extra sensor since having Frontotemporal Lobe Dementia (FTD)? Perhaps I am looking at the world differently and therefore, seeing things I never saw before? Perhaps I am more in tune with my surroundings?

I do not know the answers to the questions I ask myself. What I do know is today, I saw two extraordinary events and I live in a wonderful world