Dear Deer

I am enjoying the deer in the neighborhood, but yesterday we had a reminder of how wildlife and civilization sometimes do not intersect safely. We were coming home from church, and right out front of Walmart on probably the busiest section of this small town, a doe darted out into traffic.

Where exactly she came from and why she was there, we don’t know. A car hit her and spun her body to the shoulder. This we could see in our rear mirrors. Her trajectory had been toward us if the other car had not hit her first. Makes me sad. Such a beautiful creature.

Today as we drove the lush green East Texas tree-lined roads, I found myself looking to the shadows, willing any and all deer to stay safely among that shelter.