This, my friends is Lucy. She is our resident moose. Yes, I have named her. She is so funny and sweet. Ok…not really sweet because moose will charge your butt if you are in their way. But, I like to think she is sweet as she has not charged at me…yet…..:-)
I’ve been watching Lucy for a while now….she can be super entertaining…(unless, of course, you are a teenage girl..then nothing in nature is really entertaining.). Lucy and I first met a few weeks ago. I was oblivious and BOOM..there she was…just looking at me and I swear she was thinking “you stupid human, I’m right here and I could crush you if I wanted”..And, she would be right. I was in my own head just taking the trash out. So much for practicing more mindfulness…(I don’t want to discuss that now). So after that, I see Lucy regularly. She is in our yard, the neighborhood, our deck….kind of makes me think she really likes me. (yes, I know it’s in my head..but, c’mon! It’s a moose for crying out loud!!)
So, here is where my Maggie comes in. So Maggies has legs that are about 6 inches long…that’s it…seeing above an 8 foot wall of snow just isn’t going to happen. BUT, she can smell Lucy. Which actually kind of cracks me up because she is 9 1/2, she’s a bulldog…not a hound dog and tends to ignore everything smell except food. When she smells Lucy…she gets a little crazy. Kind of reminds me of a kid on sugar at Disney World. She will run her little legs up and down the snow wall trying to figure out how to get to the smell.
Stay with me…I know this is long winded right now…
I have Maggie out one day doing out little walk, and the snow plow is coming down the road. So, I’m holding Maggie and out of the driveway next to us…here comes Lucy. Well, I consider Lucy my pal..until she is about 2 feet from my face and I’m holding a hyped up 48lb bulldog…and a snow plow is coming straight for all 3 of us. Well, damn. Lesson here people…when a moose is coming towards you, you actually are supposed to stand PERFECTLY STILL…well, that is hard to do when the damn thing is trotting right towards you. Then, she sees Maggie (apparently, moose don’t have very good eye sight either, poor things)…she STOPS…ummm…no Lucy…please keep going..the OTHER WAY!! The snow plow stops (thank goodness because it’s not just a truck…it’s a big ass John Deer with the biggest tires this country girl has ever seen! And, that’s saying a lot after growing up in Kentucky!!) Finally, Lucy decides to SAUNTER off…no rush, because realistically, she owns this place and she knows it. She goes up and crosses into another yard and disappears. This is the moment I realized we have a connection. She clearly adores me…right?
The snow plow guy stops and we have a good laugh and he continues on as well…now, here’s Maggie thinking she can find Lucy…
Isn’t she just so cute? I kept telling her that Lucy wanted nothing to do with her…But, Maggie is very optimistic! She thinks EVERYONE loves her..including Lucy. I decided not to crush her dreams!
Since Lucy and I have this deep connection now…I’m learning from her. This girl is a survivor. I mean, she climbs snow plow piles to get to tree branches. She will walk through 10 feet of snow to get to food.
Ya know what else…she doesn’t give a rats patootie what anyone thinks…2 nights ago…she was chomping on a tree..walked over to our driveway…laid down and decided to just chill…
“oh, you want to get in your garage…please wait..I’m chillin here”. “you want to walk your dog…yea, not now….I’m busy”. “DUDE! You’d be tired to walking 2 tons around! Give me a break!!”
So, Sweet Lucy and I have bonded…I’m learning that sometimes you just need to pop a squat and chill. And, listen to nature and your heart. Life doesn’t give you the answers, but, if you just chill and listen….you can learn to roll with it. Thank you, Lucy. I love having you in my life!!
As always…spread joy and show gratitude!
One last Lucy…its a video.