This Week’s Writing Prompt

Recently, I took an early evening walk in the neighborhoods surrounding Lake Sybelia in Maitland and heard an owl’s characteristic hoo-hoo-hoo-hoooo, which sounded something like, “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you?”

I followed his call, expecting this to be the cry of a small owl I’d never find hidden high up in the thick canopy of trees. A few minutes later, I felt both surprised and delighted as I looked up into the eyes

of a barred owl. He stood two feet tall and stared down at me with wide black, unblinking eyes contrasted by his light-colored face. I hoped he knew I was admiring him and not a threat of any sort.

What a glorious creature! I felt honored to have connected with him for that moment and to have a chance to snap a photo before I moved on, leaving him in peace.

Beautiful, unexpected moments—great and small—happen around us all the time. If only we slow down and take notice.  

Recall a moment when you were surprised and delighted.

        • What happened?
        • Who or what did it involve?
        • How did you feel?
        • Do you have these kinds of experiences regularly, or was this an unusual occurrence?

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