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I was sitting on the beach with Eleanor and we were staring at two seagulls a few feet away from us. They were staring at us, hoping for some of the potato chips we were eating.

"Stupid scavengers," Eleanor said.

I watched the birds, saying nothing for a minute. But then I said:

"They're noble birds of the sea, not stupid scavengers. Look at how beautifully they are colored, the same as the sand and the clouds in the sky. And look at how their beaks are made to stick deep into the sand to burrow for crabs. And look how elegantly they hold their position against the wind, and how they can fly for great distances across the open sea."

We stared at the birds.

"They are beautiful, dad."

"I know, Eleanor. It's a little sad."

"Why, Dad?"

"Well, Eleanor, it is because of humans that they are distracted from their noble, original purpose. And what of our original purpose? Are we so much different? Look at us, chasing after cars, money, power, fashion, position.  How much different are we than these birds staring at us? Are we doing what we were meant to do? I think the stuff we're chasing after is worse for us than these chips are for the seagulls."

Silence. Ebb and flow. Rhythm. Waves.

"C'mon sweetie let's walk down the beach."

"I love you dad."

"I love you too, Eleanor. As much as a person can be loved."

(note:edited to reflect part of the conversation that was missing. Of course, this isn't verbatim, but this edit is closer to it, not farther from it.)
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statoose Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012   Digital Artist
Do you often give fascinating philosiphical speeches? 'Cause I love 'em! :D
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The-Rarispy Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Eleanor must consider herself very lucky.
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ReuelDreamseer Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Student Writer
Beautifully said. You, sir, are not merely a musician of melodies and meter, but one of syntax and syllables as well.
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camilove Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Thank you for these glimpses of your life. It's beautiful
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Yoshimon1 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful story!

You know, I don't usually post random links to my pictures under other people's journals, but I guess linking to this [link] photo of a seagull is kinda appropriate...
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FiMvisible Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Yeah, that's true. Definitely.
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AlternateInferno Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
I love reading your journal entries. They're beautifully written and always make me think.
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DGruwier Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always said that the happiest being on the planet is most likely a ladybug. They are evolutionarily programmed to do this:
- crawl up
- eat whatever you find on the way up
- when you reach the top, fly a bit
- repeat

Its nervous system rewards it for performing that set of tasks, and as long as it gets to repeat that process over and over again, it will forever be happy and content. There's literally no way it can be unhappy about anything, unless it's dying or dead.
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chachonimrod Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
That last line... hnnnggg. Sometimes I want so badly to be a father, but I just don't know if I'm up for it.
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bobtehnoob-1337 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly, I can write an essay talking about the point of human existance. But I already did (sorta).
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BlackGryph0n Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
:tears: Will you be my Daddy too?...
Sweet story man!
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Tearahk Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's amazing. And very thought provoking ^_^
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BWOSandman Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student Filmographer
Wow. Thats pretty deep, and I'm not just saying that. Makes me think.
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Blackfoxx777 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Awwww^^
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Wavedrake Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
good on you.
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polanak Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow.
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Sibsy Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional Filmographer
:heart:
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AAAStudios Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"Clap Clap Clap" that was beauitful
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VoodooGecko Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
A seagull snapped a clam chowder bread bowl out of my hands down in Monterrey.

They are ballsy, I'll give 'em that.
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Jmanzor Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Ah, the words of expression are like music to my ears.
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Shadestepwarrior Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love stumbling upon beauty.
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anzul Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student General Artist
...you got some nice thoughs on you mind :)
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weirdnwild91 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I've always liked watching seagulls eat food off the ground~ :3
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NurioMarayana Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow... I'll keep my comments short for once and only say that: Oh wow...
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This sounds like a short little story that should be in English text-books. :nod:
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LachlanTemplar Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student General Artist
...To the beach, Robin!
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EROCKERTORRES Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student General Artist
beautiful
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AtomicBrony Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
This should be a song.
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Dogman15 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
I'll never look at a seagull the same way again.
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