Today I join my fellow bloggers in
"serving up a slice" to the Tuesday Slice of Life
sponsored by Two Writing Teachers.
It's an overcast afternoon. I turn right onto the lane and spy two deer standing at the entrance to our neighbor's home. I stop the car, put it in park, turn off the engine, open the door, and grab my phone hoping to capture this moment. By the time I complete those movements, the deer have stepped off the pavement into the forested green of our neighbor's property. I snap several pictures, but the deer don't seem to be moving any further. I step quietly out of the car into the beautifully wooded area on my neighbor's property. I take many photos, but all I can see is a patch of brown. I'm afraid that moving closer will startle mother and child. Then I remember the zoom feature that I can access using the touch screen. The brown blur comes into focus and four eyes are watching me. Are they as surprised by my presence as I am by theirs?
We continue to watch each other until the mother becomes bored and wanders a few steps away. The child is frozen in place, and the mother continues to keep a steady eye on me. Eventually the young one moves to join the mother. They continue to watch me as I follow them a bit. Finally they kick their heels, flick their tails, and disappear into the woods.
I sign with satisfaction, treasuring the extra chat with a friend in the church parking lot and the friend that I went to visit after church. These moments with friends brought me home from church much later than usual to discover these Sunday afternoon visitors. Last week I enjoyed a gorgeous sunset on a Sunday evening walk, this week deer visitors drop by, next Sunday I'll be in New York. I wonder what I'll discover to savor and share from my daughter's home.
|See that brown patch at the end of the drive?|
|I crop the view just for you.|
|"Stay very still and watch the human."|
|"What is that human doing?"|
|Mom's starting to get bored.|
|"Hey mom, you told me to play statues."|
|"Wait, I'm coming too!"|
|"That's right. Always be watchful."|
|"Let's go this way."|
|"C'mon on. Stay with me."|
|"It's time to head back into the woods."|