The magical connection with nature.
I discovered today that squirrels love chocolate. In Colchester Castle Park I enjoyed a celebration of chocolate, attracting the attention of a squirrel. Since I had nothing else to give I offered a chunk of chocolate to the squirrel, it came up and took the chocolate out of my hand.
The squirrel brushed a paw against my hand as if to say thanks. There are many definitions of magic, but this close encounter with nature was one definition to me; such small experiences make life worth living. All of nature was behind that little paw.
It was a shame I had no camera with me today. This happened a few times as two delighted squirrels took offered chocolate from my hand.
Two readers of this blog have had their own magical connections with nature. A Nature Mum has a backyard that attracts coyotes and baby deer; animals the family can see whilst they eat breakfast. I envy another reader who had a magical encounter with wild horses in a forest.
There is a paw of nature out there extended for every one of us to touch and connect with nature.