EVERY DAY, I TALK TO MY NATURE FRIENDS AND, INVARIABLY, THEY TALK BACK.
YES...I TALK TO THE TREES, THE BIRDS, THE ROCKS--ALL OF NATURE-- AND THEY USUALLY "TALK BACK".
Cubby and I saw him several days ago when we were walking along the Spillway Trail. I stopped to meet him, realizing from his appearance… he'd experienced a “rocky” road for most of his life. Then, looking around, I made a mental note where to find him in the future.
Yesterday was especially chilly and damp so we visited the trail for only a short walk. I wasn’t surprised that we were the only ones around-- for miles. Then I remembered my new, little friend. He was in the same spot where I’d last seen him but this time I knew I couldn’t leave him. He seemed so alone, so vulnerable, and so “overlooked.”
Sometimes, especially when you look “different”... in a scraggly-unbalanced-kind-of-way... people avoid you. Of course, it’s easy to be loved when you have the perfect heart-shaped face or have been blessed with classic, beautiful features. Too often, people turn away when your eyes don’t match, or your nose is smashed-looking, or you have a crooked smile.
I knew from the very- first look ...my little friend had a heart. In fact, when you look real close, you see that his lips curve in a heart-shaped design. Forget that he apparently suffered a displaced jaw in his formative years and, perhaps, had some skin issues but….not even one of us is perfect.
Cubby and I took him home, carefully bathed him, then snuggled him in a soft washcloth until he was dry and looked…seriously happy. He’s now a "rock-solid" part of our family and, like the rest of us, he will never be alone, again.
I’ve spent some of my happiest times outside, searching for and studying the wonders of Nature; enjoying the amazing and memorable beauty around me. Don’t tell me that a special-needs Rock doesn’t matter. Everything in Nature, matters.
Like the Trees, the Sunsets, the Bushes, and the Water-- all things big and small--are priceless elements of the Earth. What makes me so sure? Because, Everything in Nature was designed and made by God. And, In My Opinion, God doesn’t make mistakes!
"All things bright and beautiful, All Creatures Great and Small. All things wise and wonderful, The Lord God Made Them All."