Unexpected Treats

In the mundane of the mundane, sometimes you have to dig a little deeper to find the bright spots in life.  Other times, treasures appear unexpectedly.  The secret is to be ready at all times and fully embrace those sweet things.

Luckily, I experienced three days last week of animal magic.  We stayed at Eagle Crest in Redmond where deer are plentiful.  Over the years, the deer have almost become like golf course pets.  Some might view them as pests, like my sister Barb who hates sharing her backyard with them, but to me they’re beautiful creatures.  And anyway, my sister won’t see that the deer were in that area long before her home was built.  How do the deer feel about her?  Hmmm. 

Our back deck at the Resort overlooked the golf course and that particular area was home to a herd of deer.  Everyday the buck would troll around the perimeter by people’s decks, even looking in the windows seeking free handouts.  I watched him peering into our neighbor’s dining window for a full five minutes that first morning.  He came back around later that afternoon.  My group was ready for him and the yearlings who came first.  Apples, anyone?

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He was sure a handsome one.  Definitely he reigned supreme.  Once he saw that the yearlings were scoring apples by our deck, he chased them away so he could hone in on the prize.  I felt honored to see the buck so close.  I stayed my distance while others were right there to hand feed him.  It wasn’t so much that I was afraid, but that I respected this deer.  His antlers were very sharp at the end.  One inadvertent move on human or animal’s part and things would have ended on a sour note.  I’ve seen enough animal shows to be cautious enough to give an animal a wide enough berth.

That said, I treasured those days where the mundane was trumped by this gift of nature.  If we were all wrapped up in just TV watching or had our backs turned to the world, we’d have never experienced this apple moocher.  Beautiful things lie in wait.  You just have to be ready to receive them.

About andreamarjulie

Just trying to navigate a life circumvented by chronic migraines. Sometimes I write about managing with those, but at other times I am prone to deviate a bit.
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