My daughter reminded me this morning about how our dog Molly used to pick blackberries with her teeth. Every year we looked forward to blackberry season. We took her to the prairie with us one road over that was lined with wildblackberry bushes. My daughter and I brought bowls to collect the berries. Molly would pick the red, unripened ones, with her front teeth. It was just the cutest thing ever. She was one of a kind!
In the Molly era we used to go to a farm on a daily basis. We helped feed the animals, helped rehab any wildlife that was injured, and overall just loved being there. We could fill every afternoon with these animals. My most beloved animal of the farm was Tomas. Tomas was a turkey. Here is a picture of Tomas being held by my daughter, as a baby.
My daughter could stroke his little head and he would fall fast asleep. He turned his love from her to me. Every time we drove up he ran as fast as he could to my car. He would stand out side of the car door and gobble until I got out. I would hug him and pet him. He followed me around. Wherever I sat Tomas would climb in my lap. He got sick twice in his life and I came out, put him in my lap, covered him with a towel and loved on him until he was well. Tomas had been intended to be eaten but they knew my love for him so he was just part of the farm life out there. Here is Tomas in his full glory!
There were many other animals there that brought great joy to my daughter, baby bunnnies, emus (which to this day I am petrified of) horses, a pig, goats, geese, and more. It was a great place for my daughter to spend her childhood. My daughter and I were at one of my friend’s houses and her dog brought in a baby bunny. My daughter took it out of the dog’s mouth and we immediately took it to the farm where it was rehabbed and released on 100 acres. She also helped rehab this flying squirrel. She and I have always loved all animals.
That time in my life unfortunately ended in a tragic situation for me. BUT, to just focus on that one bad thing would be an injustice to the pure joy my daughter and I felt for years on this farm with these animals. A human gave me a bad experience. But these animals nourished my soul and gave my daughter a childhood that only comes in dreams!
I took this picture of this flower in a dirty pond. I look at it now and it reminds me that life may give you some dirty water but wow it can also produce such beautiful flowers.
A wild horse was brought to the farm. He was released on 100 acres. He had not had human contact and was from what we learned just abandoned. I took these pictures of my daughter petting him for the first time. It was a moment I will not forget.
Today I was in my room in bed and my daughter was in the kitchen. We both were watching the same wren from different windows. I wished I had gotten a video of her because I just adore her visits. Just then I got a video in my inbox sent by my daughter from the kitchen. She had gotten a little video of her. she is on her favorite spot, the top of the water spigot.
Sweet moment, I cherish.