Spring is finally here in the Foothills of the Blue Ridge. A high of seventy-one today if the weather liars are to be believed…and a high of forty-eight tomorrow. Thunderstorms with copious lightning and rainfall moved through the area on the last night of winter. Three to five inches of snow is expected in the mountains above us on the first night of Spring. Come on Mother Nature…I have a therapist I can suggest who might help you with your dysfunction.
I awoke this morning with a tremendous pressure…on my bladder. Five a.m. and like every morning I had to go drain the lizard. I stepped out my back door…I live in the country, if I want to relieve myself out my backdoor it’s okay and I am conserving water.
The light from my hallway displayed scraps of fog, torn and driven by the light morning breeze. It had been almost tropical the night before, before the storms. This morning it was just a pea soup fog being rendered by the wind. The fog was ghostly as it slid by in the reflected light. The specter didn’t scare me, nor did it scare the big doe staring at me from across the fence. I must not have been too terrifying either as I hosed the ground between us.
She stood facing me as if thinking, “Son…please cover yourself.” Slowly I did, and she still didn’t move. “No, not very impressed, are we?” She just stood there showing me those beautiful brown eyes and “big ole ears” standing at attention. She was as beautiful as anything I had seen since first seeing my granddaughter.
I decided to take a step toward her and she held her ground. She let me move within a yard before her tail stood up and she leaped into the darkness. A deer’s tail disappearing into the darkness may be one of the most delightful sights I’ve ever seen. How in the world can you shoot one of these animals for sport?
I walk, daily, for exercise since my knees and feet have worn out. As soon as it was light enough I went out for my five-mile commune with nature. There she was again, this time across the road on my walking path. Again, she stood as if to say, “What took you so long, come on, just follow me.” I did. I followed her beautiful tail until it disappeared.
The doe started me thinking about Native American “spirit guides.” I know I run a chance of being called “Pocahontas” or rather “Walking Bear” by our Name Caller in Chief, but according to family lore, Native Americans blood courses in my veins…no, I haven’t had a DNA test, but Pocahontas may be a distant relative. My thoughts caused me to wonder. If I rate a “spirit guide,” I think I want it to be that doe. Somehow, we seemed to connect. We’ll see if she returns and if she does, where she might lead me.
Happy Spring Days and Nights.
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