It is just ordinary to see a bird in the trees as you are driving down the road. You only have a few seconds, though, to notice the extraordinary. A brilliant flash of red catches your eye.
“Cardinal!” your brain screeches.
“Nothing so unusual about that,” you think, “after all, it’s the state bird.”
But you are a writer, so you notice how the bird’s wings are pinned back, and the way the cardinal streaks through the air like a torpedo seeking its target.
“See?!” your brain shouts, “Extraordinary!!”