Animals as Teachers
We have had many deer visit us daily over the time we have lived here, and more than our share of injured four-leggeds. I've been keeping a close eye on the large doe that encountered either a rifle or a bow this fall, which left her with her left ear in shreds. Her wound looked pretty serious for a couple of months, but it has now healed over well and what is left of the ear has atrophied and hangs from her head like a large shriveled leaf. Like all of the wounded deer that have shown up on our property, she pays no attention to her injury, and just goes about the business of being a deer in the wild; perhaps a bit more wary and mistrusting, she keeps a close eye on the twin youngsters that still seek comfort and assurance from her. She licks their faces often and nuzzles their necks yet scolds them with a swift kick with her remaining ear flat to her head if they venture too close to her meals. Despite the loss of an ear, her message is always clear. "I may be wounded, but I am still capable and strong."
What a beautiful survivor and teacher she is. I call her Wilma, as she reminds me of the inspirational and wise Wilma Mankiller who served as the Principal Chief of the Cherokee nation for 10 years.
"Cows run away from the storm while the buffalo charges toward it - and gets through it quicker. Whenever I’m confronted with a tough challenge, I do not prolong the torment, I become the buffalo."