grandies r and v
“the best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”
when we set out on our hike
to see what spring animals
were out there
we thought maybe
we’d see a bear
awakening from a long winter’s nap
though we most likely
scared any creature
who happened to be in our oncoming path
or most anywhere in the vicinity
with our marching and laughing and yelling and jumping
we looked closer
and at last
found an animal
passed over by many
who was not afraid of us
just waiting to to be discovered
a single ant.
“life is denied by lack of attention, whether it be to cleaning windows or trying to write a masterpiece.”
something is lost or wandering.
(*question and response chain on my neighborhood website – mixed in among the recommendations for contractors, giveaways, news and upcoming events)
*Anyone lose a peacock? peahen?
A. C. from Crest/Washington · 8h ago
Was leaving the house a little after 11 maybe and a large peacock or peahen appeared wandering through the Kenwood backyards heading north.
P. V. from Crest/Washington · 8h ago
are you sure it wasnt a turkey?
C. G. from Dexter-Miller · 7h ago
A wild turkey has been seen on the South West Side in the last couple days.
A. C. from Crest/Washington · 5h ago
A friend and I were at the end of the drive way when we saw it come through the spaces between the garages and at first I thought I was really losing it because it looked like a vulture perching and then for a split second I did think it was a turkey but it was gone. I swear sometimes you never know in this neighborhood.
S. P. from Crest/Washington · 5h ago
Yes, saw the turkeys last year ( or year before ? ) walking up and around Fair Street near Glendale. I thought there used to be three of them.
J. S. from Dicken · 1h ago
Well. I can think of even a few turkeys who think they themselves are peacocks!
image credits: eric carle, pinterest
at the nature center for grandie v’s 6th birthday celebration
the scientist helps us to measure our wingspans
before we take a stroll outside to find this beautiful bird
rescued and healing a broken wing
whose wingspan we hope will return one day
and we are grateful to have our wings.
“happiness makes up for height for what it lacks in length.”
yeti, in the wild.
just before i left for my trip
one daughter and her family
were moving from one house to another
waiting for a closing date
i turned over my tiny cottage to
one son in law
two hives of bees.
glen frey the cat not the rock star
as he was afraid of
other cats and people and bees.
my cottage could hold
any more people or other creatures.
my third daughter
in her usual home
one giant cat.
while staying at my daughter’s
glen frey jumped through her screen one day
and took off into the woods
we tried and tried to get him to return
but he just ran deeper into the trees
we called him, looked for him
we left out food and water
and finally one day
he began to emerge
for breakfast and dinner
quickly left again
without as much as a nod
before speeding off
into the wild once more.
upon my return
it was time to try to capture
the elusive woodland cat
who’d been living as a yeti
deep in the trees
and my mission was to
bring him home once more.
we staked him out
during his most popular
evening feeding time
and sure enough
he showed up
as i approached him
he seemed to recognize me
he ran back into the woods
always staying just beyond my reach
i saw him peeking out at me
he slowly returned
he must have remembered
and as i
offered him my hand
he began to purr
turned his back
i grabbed him
it took two of us to wrestle him
we wrapped him in a blanket
put him in the giant cat/yeti carrier
i carried him off for home
with him yelling all the way
it felt like i had kidnapped
a reluctant member of bigfoot’s cult
he was not happy to say the least.
he stayed up all night yelling
in the morning
he was resting
he’d found his spot at home once more.
i’ll never know
about his yeti days
and his time on the lam
spent with woodland creatures
of all kinds.
he’ll probably never tell.
glen frey, in his home again.
(along with the rest of the family, the other cats,
and the bees, all in their homes again)
“there is precious little in civilization to appeal to a yeti.”
– sir edmund hillary