We had warm sunny days with gentle cool breezes, and we walked where ever my nose would lead us. There was no hurry to get back inside to seek shelter from the brutal cold. Ahhh these are the January days that southerners live for.
My most recent favorite thing to do is hike through the woods next to our house and follow scents down to the creek where our wildlife sips from the stream. I've found signs of my fox family, Mr. and Mrs. Raccoon, the Opossums, Deer and even the wild Turkeys stop for a drink. I've deduced this must be the new social gathering place of my forest friends. No FB or Twitter here in the woods of my rural southern home.
One thing my family and I have noticed over the years with us being the new comers or immigrants, if you will, is everyone accepts us. Even with our differences our forest friends welcome my hoomans and I as neighbors. We get to see the Turkey's and their young every spring, the Deer bring out their fawns for us to ooohh and ahh over. In a sense we're an extended family. Family's accept each other warts and all. There may be disagreements, but at the end of the day, it's understood we love each other regardless, because we're family.
Something has changed in the hooman world, and it's a sad thing. Long time friends and furiends are ending friendships and leaving FB due to a diversity of political opinions. Mom and I pray tensions ease. Hopefully our hooman friends will take a page from our forest friends, and realize our differences in beliefs and opinions are what make our friendships special and unique. It would be a monotonous and lonely world if we all were the same.
My pawrents and I respect and accept our forest friends here in our part of N.C.'s woods for who they are and what they bring to our neighborhood. The deer (even though they eat Mom's shrubs and flowers) let my family and I enjoy the beauty of their precious fawns every spring. The coyotes (our least favorite neighbors) are amazing to see on the rare occasions you get a glimpse of them. They're a reminder of how wild our woods really are and how adaptable God's creatures can be.
May we all see the beauty in our uniqueness, as well as beliefs and accept each other for the wonderful people and pups that we are.
Love and Peace,
Molly and my Mom