There's never a way to predict what the universe will bring you at just the right time. Today was Richard's birthday. He is impossible to buy for, because he wants so little. After a lovely day which included a tasty Thai lunch with friends and then a trip to the Clay warehouse in Asheville, we came back home for a quiet evening. No cake. No party. No big hullabaloo.
Richard went out to work in the garden just before dusk with Lady Dog. Suddenly he came in the door with Lady yelling, "We've got bears! Bears!" I didn't particularly get excited, since we have three metal bears in our garden that our grandkids painted. But Richard insisted I get on my shoes and come out, so I did. He pointed down our street, and there next to a grove of trees I could barely make out a BIG BEAR!
Richard told me to call the Wildlife line, which I did. I told them there were some big bears in our +55 community. The lady calmly told me that there were bears all over North Carolina and hung up.
We hopped in our car to warn the neighbors near there, since many of them go out walking when it cools off around sunset. We saw one lady and told her about the bears, and by then we could see not only Mama Bear, but also two cubs by the trees. One cub was trying to climb the tree, but Momma quickly put a stop to that.
Fortunately I had grabbed my camera when I realized Richard wasn't kidding about live bears. I got one shot of Mamma Bear crossing the road, and Richard got the two cubs following right behind her! It was so exciting!
Now, why am I telling all of you this? Well, I hadn't known what to get the finest man on earth for his birthday, and the Universe, probably without much effort, delivered THREE LIVE BEARS...which just happens to be Richard's totem!!!
Thank you, Mother Nature, for making this a spectacular day for My Beloved!