Another day; another 12 hour shift.
Frankly, Joni and I have had some very negative events come along lately which have sapped our piggy bank bare. And then some. Take heart though, as I've been able to pick up some overtime. Like today; and, thankfully, a double shift tomorrow (which will make my walk quite complicated).
My walk tonight was a short one. The Western Jays were especially loud. West of the Rocky Mountains there are two varieties of blue jays: the Western Jay (sometimes called the "Scrub Jay") and the Stellar Jay. My favorite is the Stellar Jay (sometimes called Stellar's Jay). Joni and I took our name from a special experience we had with a Stellar Jay. First date romantic stuff. Early on, we deemed experiences with important animals to be mystical events. I believe they are.
Joni called me today at work. Since I work as a nurse, I can count the number of times Joni has called me at work on two hands. Usually such a call is prompted by some major event. That was true today.
"I took the girls for a walk and we ran across a bear!" Joni shouted into the phone. "It was really close. Angel ran up to it. The bear was light colored and about Jazmine's height at the shoulders." This was a big bear.
The kids said it was "Freaky Cool". Evidently they were quite close to this bear. How wonderful!
This isn't good news for those who have been working on domesticating our ridge. With any luck, the bear will tear down some fences, eat some chickens and remind us all of their Ursine Kingliness.
Animal encounters as mystical events: Absolutely!
If the Churches in our nation taught that an encounter with a wild animal was a harbinger from God (which is one way animals do survive in some cultures) then maybe some Wildness might have a chance to survive our boring Box Store economy.
What is a bear encounter worth on an economic scale? I think the MasterCard commercial might say "priceless".