“It is a man's sympathy with all creatures that truly makes him a man. Until he extends his circle of compassion to all living things, man himself will not find peace.”
Much of the country is in a deep freeze these days. Our area is no exception. However, so far I am grateful to have a warm home where I am safe from the elements. So many are without simple creature comforts right now. I send them light, warmth and safety out there.
In my world there are still chores and routines to meet whenever possible being what the elements are at the time.
Zen has had a few challenges during this weather. He was very confused this morning when he attempted to bring “Brownie” (a basketball) to our playtime. It would not budge…frozen to the ground. After many attempts trying to carry it. Zen looked over at me as if say, “What the? Hey, I'm trying here!”
The dog is persistent as he attempted several more times to eradicate the ball from the frozen grip it was in. We opted to play with the tennis ball from the Chuckit instead.
And then there is the sago with catching critters (in a humane trap) that have taken up residence inside the house. A handyman has fixed and covered all holes on the roof and sides of the house. Perhaps they are now trapped inside, since I have caught five so far.
I wonder lately if I am being compassionate by humane trapping them and then releasing them. Or, am I ultimately still sending them to their death by releasing them into a frozen environment.
And, the last one I caught the other night, threw me a curve.
As I was taking it out into the crisp night air, I held the cage up to check it out, as I am explaining outloud, “There now, you are okay. (Liar) I am taking you to the spot where I have released the rest of your family (Truth) and I bet you can find them. (Maybe).”
I felt bad that I was about to release this mouse out into the brutal cold after it has been living in warmth. Perhaps I could wait and let it go back inside until it warms up outside? Yeah right, get a grip!
The bright porch light allowed me a good view of the critter. It came over to the side of the crate as I held it up near my face. It looked at me with these beautiful, soft eyes. Not afraid of me at all. We connected eye to eye on a level that I cannot explain. It took my breath away to be so close to this creature and how it was looking at me with total acceptance. It was as if time was frozen. Hello reality check? It is frozen out here! Move it Sandra! I took it to the spot and let it go.
I put a few sunflower seeds out before I went to bed to see if there were any more takers during the nighttime. In the morning, the seeds were gone so yep there is another one in here.
With snow arriving for a short duration, I decided to not reset the trap; not because of “them” but me, who would be traipsing out in the snow to set them free. The frozen terrain I can walk okay on a gravel roadway. Snow is a different story and I would rather not.
Therefore, I made a verbal announcement inside the house the next morning. “Okay critters, hear this…you have a reprieve of two days. Enjoy!”
And so it goes.
"It makes sense to mimic as much as you can the natural nest."
I found myself this morning getting out of bed before dawn. That was unusual for me since I was up until 2 a m or so. However, with the weather changing from nice sunny days to a full-blown storm system arriving, I opted to get up and get my day started. It was a good decision.
I started breakfast but stopped and decided to take Zen outside for our morning routine. We got a bit wet with just a light rain shower. Upon returning, I glanced outside and noticed in just a matter of minutes that the weather had gone from slight rain to a downright nasty downpour with strong wind. Had we been on our regular schedule we would have gotten drenched.
With breakfast finished, I was talking to a friend. Gosh, guess one needs to clarify “how” you are talking these days with computer video, skype, and such. This conversation was on landline phone. LOL.
Anyway, I commented to her that I was curled up with a soft, warm blanket and a hot cup of coffee. How I was grateful to be so comfortable while looking outside at the incoming chaos.
After we finished our conversation, I remembered that: "darn I didn't fed the birds and Chip/Baby.” I proceeded to grab buckets of seed to fill the containers, as Zen took this opportunity to run out and go potty. He returned quite rapidly and headed directly inside. Once again we were soaked. I dried Zen and hung up my wet coat.
With the task finished, I really wanted to return to my refuge on the couch. I put the buckets away and noticed when I walked passed Zen’s crate. He was already cuddling up with HIS dry, warm blanket, falling fast asleep. Hmm, copycat indeed!