I love to go for a walk each day on this property - 10 acres of woods makes for a very peaceful place to walk and think - or not think, if that's preferable. I always see animal tracks, usually rabbits, different birds, deer, coyotes, squirrels, mice and raccoons. When we first knew we were moving up here I was told that I might see a moose because we are near to the creek. I've seen moose at a distance before and been surprised rather close-up by one once when I was snowshoeing but wanted to see one again. I've been keeping my eyes peeled the whole time we have lived here but, although I've seen tracks on my hikes further up the road, I hadn't come across any on this property.
Sunday I went for my usual walk down to the ridge above the creek and on the way back I saw tracks where there hadn't been tracks on my way down. When I got to the house I told my family that I thought there was a moose on the property. E and I went for a walk together on Monday and, sure enough, we were part way down the hill and saw the moose across the fence in the neighbour's property. We enjoyed watching for a bit and then off she went. The next day I took W with me and I went to show him where we had seen the moose, as I was scanning the property to see if I could see her in the distance W pointed out that he could see some big ears under the tree right across the fence from us.
Not expecting to get so up close and personal with such a huge creature we backed off a bit towards the closest tree and watched and took some photos. We called up to E and he came down to join us to watch for another while. Such an amazing creature - they seem so massive, strong and majestic to me but, at the same time, sweet and almost comical looking. Truly beautiful.
Lately my walks have helped keep me present while I've been working at not worrying too much about finding our next home. I am a big believer in signs - although the last while I would have liked some signs to be bigger...and clearer...and much easier to understand - so it occurred to me when we saw this moose that this was a sort of closure on our time here - a time fraught with many stretching lessons and many ups and downs - and that things would be, and were, working out just as they should. I had been watching the whole time we lived here and now, at last, just weeks before we leave, here was this moose...right in front of us. A very good sign indeed. So, I guess the moral of this story is that while at times things might seem quite...well, poopy...
there is likely a lovely surprise right around the corner from all that poop. ;-) A lovely reminder for me that Things Take Time. Life really is good!