I Sing to the Deer

Well, whistle, actually. Nobody wants to hear me sing.

Here in my home town, where various “progressive” schemes have almost totally erased all vestiges of the natural world, there is still a little-bitty “park” in my neighborhood, up on a hilltop. Calling it a park is a bit much. It’s really some three acres of waste land with a lot of fallen trees.

I went for a walk there yesterday. My elbow is still not healed, and walking is the only form of exercise I can do. I like the steep paths in the little park, so up I went, whistling as I climbed.

Suddenly I saw a deer, watching me. Then I discovered it was four full-grown deer. I was whistling Revive Us Again, and they listened attentively for as long as I kept it up. When I stopped, they melted into the background underbrush as silently as smoke. Now you see them, now you don’t.

I realize that for a lot of you, deer are no big deal, maybe even a daily nuisance. But here in the paved-over heart of New Jersey, I’m always amazed when I see one–let alone four at once. How they eke out a living around here, I can’t imagine: but these looked healthy.

They also knew a fine old hymn when they heard one.

4 comments on “I Sing to the Deer

  1. This could have been a scene from your books 🙂

    We live in a semi-rural town with wildlife sanctuaries, ponds, parks and lots of wildlife. In the spring, summer and fall, we have hundreds of chipmunks – many who frequent our backyard and porch. They’ve gotten used to us and when I sit out there, they come up and sit at my feet, looking up at me, waiting for me to lower my hand filled with peanuts, sunflower seeds and corn. Then they hop right on my hand, have a morsel or two and then stuff their little cheeks to go store up for the winter.

    While feeding the chipmunks and squirrels, I also discovered that bunnies love peanuts and sunflower seeds too. You can hear them crunch the shells off the peanuts.

    Squirrels sit at my patio door looking in until I come out with their feasts.

    God has made some wonderful creatures.

    1. It is! And it’s very peaceful. Behind us is an escarpment that’s a wildlife sanctuary and across the street is a very large town park with streams, ponds, ducks, deer and many, many more animals. Almost sounds like Lintum Forest 🙂

      I have a picture of one of the chipmunks eating from my hand, but can’t figure out how to post it.

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