Friday, August 01, 2008

The Peaceable Kingdom

We refer you first to:

While I was walking up the street after midnight, I saw the neighborhood possum crossing from one side to the other. It went up a few stairs in front of the house across from mine, then through some trees and to what seems to be its favorite place. We do our stuff and the possum likewise.

In the daytime, as I go down the hill, there are some squirrels up here, as well as on campus, who are quite accustomed to us. They, too, scurry around tending to their business with nary a thought about the many people who go hither and yon. Mostly yon, because we have been hither already.

Most of our birds don’t seem to mind us. They will check us out briefly, but that’s about it. The chipmunks are a little more cautious; the deer will frighten and the bears tend to take things in stride.

The deer and the bears? Yeah; we’re a long city, but not very wide and on either side there are miles and miles of wooded hills. It gets rural very fast around here and it’s not rare for wildlife to come into town, mostly lost. The bear ended up on the street that divides the campus and downtown; it got tranked and hauled to the hills. The deer was across the street from me and found its own way home.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carten, didn't you once claim to see elephants wiggling on their back sides outside your office window?
Anyway, what are you doing out after midnight? i would think a tea enthusiast like you would be early to bed, even earlier to rise. Earlier than the dawn's first bird call.

August 01, 2008 8:44 PM  
Blogger Tom Carten said...

You have me confused with my mother and brother. I'm the all-night guy who seldom worked a daytime shift in radio.

August 01, 2008 9:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But what of the gentle cups of tea and the Ella Fitzgerald on the Victrola just upon evening's onset?

August 01, 2008 9:07 PM  
Blogger Tom Carten said...

You write so elegantly I am inspired to do just that.

August 02, 2008 12:18 PM  

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