Times move swiftly,
With moments that stop me in my tracks.
To look at you.
See you as you are.
Marvel at how blessed I am,
To watch you grow.
Twirling through the air, Brown and dry, the oak leaf drifted past us on our midday walk. The walk was our quest to find the best iced over puddles.
“Can you eat an oak leaf?” The five year old asked.
“I don’t know.”
“Maybe if you boiled it?” He said, as he twirled the leaf in his hand. He intended to bring the leaf inside the house to feed to his stuffed animal caterpillar.The caterpillar liked oak leaves best.
“Pehaps if you boiled it. I really never thought of eating an oak leaf.”
Iced over puddles can wait another day as we head inside with lunch for a caterpillar .
Skittering up a hilltop. Climbing up a log. Tail twitching with excitement. Raccoon looked over the valley in anticipation. Today was the day! He could feel it!
Trying his hardest to wait patiently, he skittered up and down the log. Looking out across the valley every now and then. “Any moment now!” He thought.
“Honk, honk, honk!” The geese sang as they flew by.
Raccoon tried to holler a question to them as they flew, but they could not hear him over their own hollering.
Twitching some more, he looked on. Hoping the moment would arrive soon as he felt he would explode if he had to wait a moment longer!
At that moment, he sensed movement to his right side. He glanced over to see a large, rather thin, bear.
Gulp. Raccoon swallowed. Nervously he asked, “Is that you, Bear?” For bear looked so much thinner than he remembered him in the fall.
Bear stretched and yawned. “In the flesh.” He replied.
Sighing with relief. Raccoon ran over to his friend. “I did not recognize you, Bear!”
Laughing, they hugged.
Bear asked if raccoon minded if they ate something because he was awfully hungry after such a long nap.
Raccoon delightfully agreed. Scampering off with Bear to find something delicious to eat. He was delighted to see his friend again. He had so much to tell Bear. He started right away chattering non-stop until they came to the creek for Bear to fish. Raccoon knew to be quiet while Bear fished. So he impatiently waited for a fish to be caught. Delighting in the moment, because he had forever to spend with Bear now that the long nap was over.
Raccoon was fascinated by all of the creatures he encountered daily. Mama told him, we were put on this planet to cross paths with certain creatures so that we could learn a lesson. Raccoon heard the wisdom in Mama’s words, yet he still did not quite understand the full meaning behind those words.
He did understand one thing. He enjoyed most of the creatures he came across.
Blue Jay was one of his favorites. Mama told him that Blue Jay was to rambunctious for her and to be careful when around him. Raccoon listened to Mama most of the time, but he still could not see the harm in Blue Jay.
Blue Jay was outspoken and loud. The complete opposite of Raccoon. Raccoon admired Blue Jay for this. Raccoon also noticed how Blue Jay would cause a fuss and stir about Squirrel hording all of the nuts, but Blue Jay would always drop a seed or nut for Squirrel as Blue Jay passed her.
Squirrel always responded with a shake of her fist in the air. “You almost hit me Blue Jay!” She would yell.
Blue Jay would yell back, “Eat it while it’s fresh Squirrel! Do not go hording it away!” Laughing as he flew on.
Raccoon lived for these daily interactions with the creatures. He found great joy in their differences.