Finding a new use for an old item or idea is what the Deer Mouse does:
She thatches leaves into a roof for an old bird’s nest,
filling it with nuts, seeds, dried beetles, feathers & thistle down,
This first snow insulates her winter getaway.
I watch her scurry 50’ up the tree trunk,
pause to survey w/ her large ears twitching, then slip inside.
I’m awed & reminded to search out new purposes,
to be a finder.
Perspective. It helps me cope w/ my Trump angst & binoculars.
I thought of this while helping one of the kids w/ HIS bins. He’s got the hold-the-barrels-steady part.
The Eagle Optics Kingbirds & National Geographic Kids Bird Guide are great, btw;
which reminds me that solid ideas & resources help w/ coping too.
Then I had him read signs @ various distances
starting w/ the closest & moving farther away. Perspective.
Another source of perspective? Late night tv, or in my case, late night tv youTubes:
A signal that Great Ape rough & tumble play is such
& not prelude to “I’m gonna rip your throat out” is panting,
an early form of laughter.
I wish the PFN could emit something like these deep,jocular bursts of air.
A laugher recognizes life’s absurdities & copes,
demonstrating an awareness of common ground w/ the rest of humanity.
But it’s impossible to laugh if you’re narcissistic
& dishonest w/ yourself.
Humor: I love to laugh; it comes easy. Not so our PFN (president for now). A 420 character, 9-liner