Sunday strollPosted: May 13, 2012
If you look up the meaning of the deer, the words “gentle” and innocence” show up a lot. Some describe the deer as a messenger of the wilderness and/or harbinger of serenity. Deer medicine, it is said, gently lures one to new adventures.
For me, deer are reminders of my mother. Deer showed up the last time she visited us here at Breezy Acres in June of 2009. In fact, it was our first sighting of deer on the property. We knew they were out there (signs were everywhere), but we hadn’t seen them. (People in the suburbs see more deer than we do out here in the country.) A couple of does with their fawns strolled up, brazen as could be, while Mom, Dad, and I were sitting on the back porch getting decorations ready for M the Younger’s wedding rehearsal dinner.
Mom died about three months later. We saw deer at the cemetery after her funeral. Since then, on days such as Mother’s Day and Mom’s birthday, days which seem to emphasize our loss, a deer will show up to remind me that Mom is still with me in my heart and in my memories. The lovely doe featured in today’s post strolled around the pond early this morning.
Happy Mother’s Day! to all you moms out there.
The weather here in the Bogs has been lovely all weekend. There might be some rain coming in a little while. The garden will be happy with that.
It has been a beautiful and quiet Mother’s Day. I expect my sons will be phoning in their Mother’s Day greetings soon. (They call every Sunday evening — or we call them — so it’s easy to predict.) To be honest, I’m a little envious of the neighbors who have been spending the afternoon with their children and grandchildren. I counteract that with some gratitude. I have, after all, recently spent time with my sons, my daughters-in-law, and my grandchildren, and am fortunate to be blessed in so many other ways, including a visit from a doe this morning.
That’s it from the Bogs on this quiet and lovely Mother’s Day. I hope your day has been filled with the gifts of peace and beauty, too.