My wife and I shared complete awareness of our surroundings

I was walking home a couple of days ago and I was chatting with my wife about the day I’d had. We were deep in conversation when out of the corner of my eye I saw a fox walking down the other side of the road. We both stood still and watched it as it went about its business.
David Anstiss [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
It was a moment my wife and I shared complete awareness of our surroundings. Being deep in conversation and the next moment we’re marvelling at nature. I didn’t even know that foxes were around so close to my house.

It reminded me of an analogy I once heard about people going through an event and it appearing to be happening in slow motion. Stories of people being in a car accident and being able to tell even the most smallest of detail of what happened (like the change in the ashtray etc). It’s because their mind isn’t distracted.

I can still see the fox casually walking down the side of the road. It was a very special moment.