There’s a great story that has not been validated; however, it’s still a great story about checking up on what’s going on around you.
Back in the day of Queen Catherine the Great, everyone did what she wanted. Guess that’s why she was called “the Great!”
As legend would have it, this longest ruling female leader would get her way, no matter what.
There had been a hard winter in Russia and one morning Queen Catherine was standing at the window looking at the vast cold terrain and saw the first spring flower pushing through the snow. It could have been a daffodil or a snowdrop flower. In any case, she wanted to enjoy this miracle of nature and posted a guard right there, so no one could pick or step on this beauty.
Fast forward to decades later when Alexander II was the Czar in the mid 1800’s. One day, he looked out of that same palace window and saw a soldier standing at attention on the lawn. Nothing was there as far as he could see and asked Otto van Bismarck what the soldier was doing there.