Recently she went to Manatee Springs State Park near Chiefland, FL, to see them again.
And she did! There were three together in the water, one a juvenile who was still nursing.
They were pale gray shadows in the water until they came up to breathe, but The Old Lady was thrilled just to see them from a distance.
THEN… a young woman offered to let The Old Lady take her kayak out for a closer look.
Talk about thrilled! The kayak even had a Plexiglas window in the bottom for a clear and magnified view as the kayak floated directly over the fine, fat creatures. It reminded The Old Lady of the glass-bottomed boats at Silver Springs.
It was nearly impossible to tell the young woman how much that short paddle meant to The Old Lady.
Kindness is sharing your kayak with a stranger for an exquisite experience.
… that The Old Lady has read recently is Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of our Nature / Why Violence Has Declined.
This book not only reaffirms The Old Lady’s unshakeable commitment to the Pollyanna-Plus Philosophy of Positive Thought (motto: Expect a Miracle!) but Pinker has done his homework and has the facts and figures to prove his hypothesis: i.e., that violence has steadily declined throughout human history and is, right now, at its lowest global level ever.
“What about the mass shooting in ___???”, you may cry, “what about yesterday’s bombing in ___? The world is a dark and dangerous place!!!”
The Old Lady begs to differ.
You only know about the mass shootings and the bombings because you see them on TV. Nearly everybody carries a little video camera now in their phone and therefore you can see these frightening events, sometimes even as they are happening.
The Old Lady would like to remind you of all the places all over the world where good is being done and kind people are helping each other, but you won’t see THOSE things on TV… and therefore, the TV is giving you a skewed view of the world. It’s a lie. Don’t buy it.