When I lived in the city I was closed up in the house or behind a fence after work. I sometimes saw a few neighborhood children if I purposely looked out the front window, but for the most part they too stayed behind their fences. The fences in California are required in most neighborhoods and a necessity for both safety and a little bit of privacy. I remember my grandfather stating that when he worked as a roofer on new houses in the subdivisions he could jump from one house to the next because they were so close together!
Out here in the country there are no such restrictions and even with binoculars I can’t see what my nearest neighbor is doing! So I spend a portion of each afternoon/evening outside, confident that I am relatively safe and free to roam. Sometimes I only have about ten minutes to do my “walk about”; other times I go back into the house an hour later and apologize to Gary for being late with dinner again. lol
I needn’t go too far to see the critters who share this little patch of land. At our house there is a daily parade of visitors to educate and entertain me. Some are regulars and I could literally set my watch by their arrival. I swear the crow works for Timex! Others pop up unannounced and unexpected, like the recent flock of egrets. They are on their way somewhere else and just see a lovely spot to rest for a bit.
Yesterday afternoon we had the usual group of bird visitors- sparrows, cardinals, swallows, wrens, bluebirds, doves, cowbirds, and the crow.
A rabbit and a squirrel came for their share of corn and birdseed. The rabbit is such a tiny timid thing!
The butterflies and a couple of dragonflies were flitting about the garden.
The cows wandered up from the pasture and one calf was particularly curious about why I was watering near the fence (planted seeds recently).
Even after I go inside I can still keep an eye on things because there is a sliding glass door at the end of the kitchen. So I was able to watch the horses passing by.
About dusk a yellow cat showed up. It has visited each day for a week now.
After dark there were the usual raccoons and an opossum.
The connection I feel to the land and to these creatures is profound. I am forever grateful that I didn’t stay in the city because I think doing so would have been detrimental to my health and happiness. I know there are people who live their whole lives surrounded by other people and concrete and are content to do so. They would probably be miserable out here on the wild prairie with the animals and bugs. But God knew what I needed and when…and I’m so glad we moved here!
I go to bed each night with a sense of peace, knowing that I am part of the daily parade.