For as long as I can remember I have always loved deer. I am sure Bambi cemented the idea that they are noble and intelligent creatures in my mind. I have also had an affinity for all of God’s creatures, the exception, reptiles. (Sorry, but I am fearful and just can’t find them cuddly, though I do like the little lizards and frogs and toads from a distance) from an early age.
So it is understandable that I still get excited when creatures like deer, birds and butterflies come to visit my garden. In fact my plant selection in the back, in part, has been to support the bees and the butterflies. My backyard is fenced in, but I back onto woods, so I purposefully had the fence along the back low, to integrated the woods into my view. The deer love this. For them it is easy in and easy out.
I have had a regular doe for the past few years as a visitor. I am not sure she is the same doe each time, but I like to think so. I named her Genevieve and I fancy she represents the spirit of my Grandma Sawyer, who also liked to spy the deer from her windows. My two golden retrievers love her too. They never bark, but sit enraptured at the back door, noses pressed against the glass and tails wagging. They would love to frolic with her, but she is not as keen on the idea.
In fact some mornings, as I am up before the crack of dawn, she is grazing and I have to put up the window and talk to her. I say things like, “Good morning Genevieve, I need to let the dogs out. Can you come back later?” She always pauses, calmly looking at me while I speak. Then she nods her head and with ease, walks over to the back fence and hops over. The dogs of course race off to the fence hoping to glimpse her. This scenario has played out many times, so I don’t think it is a fanciful coincidence.
Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the human part of the world, we forget we share this planet with many other creatures. It is a humbling reminder to pause and appreciate the great web of life and ponder the fact we are just one part of it. One of my favorite hymn’s has that line “All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small. All things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.” ( Cecil Frances Alexander).
So I urge you to appreciate all of the creatures that cross you path, honor and respect them as a fellow creature. There may be a bit of a Dr. Doolittle in you too.