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I have often accused people of seeing but not observing and this does indeed remain true.  However, it is a mistake to apply this process too rigidly and risk losing the enjoyment from simply seeing.  For to watch one’s bees in the height of summer is to appreciate their singular beauty.  And to see Watson pottering about the garden, tending his flowers, and to share in his happiness, asks for no additional observation, except to smile in return as he looks up.  Age has few benefits, but an ability to know when seeing is sufficient is one of them.