Just a thought… I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it’s such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her. [Ellen DeGeneres]
I hope this day finds you in good spirits. Come on along as we continue our road trip, won’t you?
Rob and I are on our way to the beautiful Okanagan in central BC, coming up from Osoyoos today to check in to a Kelowna hotel. It’s here that on Thursday morning I’ll give my Transformation speech to the BC Association of Broadcasters. I’m so lucky to have a chance to share our stories, and that includes here, too! Because I experienced two things that we’ve never had happen before and I couldn’t wait to share them with you.
First of all, this: click the photo below and see an amazing video of more deer than we could count on a quiet country road. And then watch how close one came to Rob. Had it been me, I don’t know if I could have resisted the temptation to reach out and touch its forehead, but Rob, being smarter and a little fonder of his fingers than I am, obviously, decided not to. Just watch and see.
But the most heartwarming moment came (appropriately on the Mother’s Day weekend) with a mother and baby. As we passed a yard that was clearly fenced to keep deer out, we saw on the lawn, inside that fencing, two deer: a mama doe and a fawn that was so young it was smaller than our little dog. I have never seen a baby deer so tiny; it had to have been born that day or the few days preceding. Anyway, we pulled over and I tried to get close to the fence so that I could take a picture without scaring the beautiful duo.
Having spotted us, the mother nudged her fawn away from its efforts to get some nourishment and made it lie down in the tall grass. We could only see two big ears, both almost fixed horizontally, as the fawn did what Lauren would say was “acting small.” (At about age four she was curled up in a chair one day and we asked what she was doing…that was her response.)
What happened next truly surprised us. As the fawn hid in the tall grass, its mother slowly walked away towards the stand of trees – and other deer – about forty feet away. Exactly what you would not expect: she didn’t stay with her baby, but instead she tried to lead us – possible predators – away from her hidden treasure. We quietly hurried back to the car and hoped she returned to her little one equally quickly.
But imagine: she walked away to save her offspring. She was ready to sacrifice herself for that little sweetie who knew just to stay there like he or she was told until it was safe and mama returned. Isn’t nature miraculous? We will be back with you here tomorrow.