The right place, with the right prop, at the right time…

I love life’s little opportunities…
I was showing off Anoki to the evening staff, when a little girl about 8 years old ascended the staircase. She was followed by her mother, and grandfather. The mother was there to return some books, and the little girl, and grandpa had to come along for reasons that do not need to be aired here. Our library, being an academic library, is not really kid friendly. Most of the time kids are bored out of their minds here. This time it was not the case. The little girl stood at the desk along side her mother looking down while quietly shuffling her feet. I moved closer to the counter, she, curious of the movement looked up. At the site of Anoki, her eyes grew wide and a faint smile appeared on her face. I waved with one hand, and she waved back. At this I stepped over to one side of the desk and she and grandpa followed. He then played along and prompted her to wave to the bird, which immediately scrunched its head down, slightly shy. The little girl drew back a little as if to give Anoki some room. He of course responded by raising his head back up. The grandpa said “see, he’s watching you” Some one else moved behind the desk, and Anoki turned to look at what was behind me, breaking contact for a moment with the girl. He turned back towards her and stared again. she smiled. The grandpa said, “see he likes you!” Anoki nodded his head. The girl smiled bigger. I nodded. She again waved, and Anoki raised his head fully. The grandpa again repeated “See I told you he likes you!” Anoki again nodded, this time very pronounced. The girl giggled and then there was silence as she just stood and stared as Anoki looked around the room interested in any movement going on.
By this time the mother had moved off to take care of some other business in the library, and realizing this, the Grandpa and the little girl moved on to join her and Anoki went back to his perch on my file cabinet.
As I said to someone this morning, I think I live a charmed life…

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