If you have followed this blog, by now you know that I am an observer of life. Sometimes, this is not so good as I tend to ponder if there is redemption for the human species. Some behavior I don’t understand at times. Over the weekend, my husband and I drove to a spot at the shore where we like to sit and watch the water, seagulls … and sometimes, we drink our coffee there too. That day, they were just a few people walking along the shoreline – a woman collecting driftwood, a couple walking, and just a few people conversing sitting on a bench nearby. The boats were sliding beautifully throughout the waters, and tons of seagulls were resting on the sand close to the water. It was peaceful. It was a beautiful sight.
Suddenly, I hear the cheerful noise of three kids heading towards the beach. They were about 9-11 years old, at the most, possibly younger. They appeared innocently cute, and I was enjoying the sight of their young energy and friendship. They walked to the beach, and stood a couple of feet away from the seagulls, watching. It would have made for the composition of a beautiful painting. Out of the sudden, their behavior changed, and they started running towards the seagulls, startling them, and one of them even throwing rocks or shells at the birds. And this is the part when I become puzzled, and my heart, that wants to believe that we deserve to be part of this planet, aches because once more, I see that we are a selfish and undeserving species, one that cannot appreciate beauty, and finds entertainment and contentment in destruction.
The kids ran at a distance and headed to climb some rocks, until they disappeared from my horizon. There were no seagulls, they flew away, scattered, some into the ocean, others landed at a safe distance. The beauty of the moment was ruined by the future of humanity, and I was left with an aching heart.
2 thoughts on “The Kids and the Seagulls”
Truly sad, indeed. Especially as children are a blank slate and learn from parents and other adults in their lives – quite an indictment.
Hi Nancy. It is so true, kids learn love towards nature through parents, unfortunately the lesson many times stops at “Kenny, don’t do that,” and it leaves the kid learning nothing. I am so happy that you stopped by, many blessings to you and yours.
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