Unfortunately sometimes the camera batteries are dead at the precise moment needed and a photo is missed. This morning, a lone newly hatched chick was found emerging from a hen in back. It’s a big and dangerous world for baby chicks, so Connor brought her in for extra protection. As I examined her on my desk she began cheeping.
Diva jumped up like she’d been hit. In one bound she was at my desk, ears up, quivering to ask what THAT was?! She moved her mouth to not drool. I put my and on her and said – “Diva – BABY”. She shook. She reached forward several times, each getting a little closer without touching the chick. There’s border collies with less focus than she had at that moment. And that’s saying something as I’ve known some focused border collies!
She finally reached up and sniffed and gently almost licked the chick…who wasn’t quite as big as her nose! She officially claimed it as hers and the look when she was observing was priceless. Unfortunately, with the camera batteries dead, it wasn’t captured and the moment missed.
Sometimes it’s easy to say “Just a minute” or “I’ll do it this afternoon” but the beautiful sunset shots I’ve gotten are gone forever in just a few minutes. One has to be ready to seize the opportunity right then.
We seldom look at new things like Diva did this chick. Curiosity, recognizing it’s small and therefore needs protected. Many see it as power – one snap and the chick would be gone…also possible reality. Diva sized up the situation, and rightly viewed it did not call for protection.
We must, like camera batteries, be ready to capture moments when they happen. Each day, each week. Something seemingly meaningless can become invaluable. We don’t know what the future holds. I think back a couple of years – I took a picture of Bruiser on Connor’s bed one morning. Less than a week later Bruiser died – and the contentment in the picture remains. Bruiser was a part of things his whole life.
Don’t miss those moments. Life passes too quickly. Savor the journey.