Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 • 1 Comment on Saving the World One Raccoon At a Time
I ran into my next door neighbor while I was food shopping the other day. I hate running into people while I’m running errands. I have no patience for idle chit-chat on the canned sauces and pasta aisle. I want to get my rigatoni and roasted tomatoes and head for the checkout, y’know? But, politeness calls for acknowledgment when nearly bumping chests with one’s neighbor of almost eight years.
Of course, the first thing he says is, “I never see you out. I would never even know you were over there. I don’t even see you let Henry out.”
(Henry, as you may recall, is the dog.)
Hmm. Perhaps I need to spend more time in the yard? I don’t know. In any case, my response is that he must hear Henry barking.
To which he says, “Yeah, when you’re out there feeding those raccoons. Now you’ve got me feeding them, too.”
(You may also recall that I am soft-hearted and feed wild animals.)
We went on to talk about how awful it will be if the woods behind our houses is sold and developed (with me lamenting what will happen to all the wildlife—I don’t have room for all of them in my house!), but that one little comment made me extraordinarily happy. My next door neighbor—the guy who goes hunting—is putting food out for the raccoons. My raccoons. Not only does he put food out for them, he was able to describe them to me. He sounded downright fond of them, even. It warmed my little heart, right there on the canned sauces and pasta aisle.
That’s what it’s all about, you know. Changing the world one good deed—and one raccoon—at a time.