Ben ran down the driveway toward the neighbor’s house. Time for school, gotta get the carpool buddies. He jolted to a halt halfway, eyes fixed on a forty foot palm tree, stopped his sister in her tracks, shushed me with a gesture, then froze.
An extravagant woodpecker was making his way up the trunk. I don’t know anything about birds, but by his impressive plummage I assumed he was mature. He was dressed like an African king, with a regal zebra pattern on his back and bright red headdress.
Several minutes passed, he pecked his way to the top of the tree, then in took off in a flurry. We pushed the play button on life again, gathered the human wildlife, and off to school in a noisy car… I live for these moments.