Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I don't know how it gets better than this grab my hand pull me head first, fearless
Yesterday, I was the unsung hero of Wisconsin nature.
As I was tootling down the road on my journey to visit my new nephew in madison, I noticed something strange lying on the trail in front of me. It looked like a tiny badger that was frozen in stance. The car in front of me accidentally hit it with its undercarriage and I heard a very loud crack of the solid object.
"Turtle!" I screamed. I am lame and emotional and thus, tears welled up in my eyes as I pulled over. The highway was fairly empty so I walked across, half squinting in case the sight would be gruesome. It wasn't bad, but the poor little guy's shell was cracked. I picked him up and put him on the grass at the side of the road where the pond was. I told him not to try crossing the road anymore and walked away, imagining he would be okay.
Later, as I drove home from the nephew visit, I saw a baby deer just ahead of me, in the middle of the road, deciding which way it wanted to go.
"Ah!" I said aloud (I am also a bit psychotic). I stopped and waited a good thirty seconds, backing up traffic behind me until the cutest little thing I've ever seen made it across the road. In the grass I saw a mommy deer and a sibling deer waiting for it and I felt very good inside. I love deer.
EVEN later, as I journeyed back from a quick shopping jaunt, I saw through the dark a giant flock of geese crossing the road. I flashed my lights to the car coming from the opposite direction and we waited while most geese made it across and a few old guys changed their minds and went back to the side they had come from.
Mother nature, you are welcome.
I think of animals like babies. When animals die in movies, I tend to be much more disturbed than human deaths. I do not mean any harm or to downplay the event at all, but the saddest image of Hurricane Katrina that I saw was a doggy stranded atop a roof, left behind after its owners understandably didn't have room in their car. Like I said, I think of animals as babies, they're poor little helpless creatures and I am here to take care of them.
Silly heart strings.