We all feel down from time to time. How do you combat the blues? What’s one tip you can share with others that always helps to lift your spirits?
If you ever see me feeling blue
the most therapeutic thing you could do
is bring me a puppy or kitten or cat
or a horse or a goat or an owl or a rat
or a jay or a bluebird or raven or wren
or a crow or a cow or a donkey or toad
or a turtle or chicken
that’s crossing the road.
Okay, that’s enough.
What I’m trying to say
is that nature erases
the woes of the day.
The photo is me, trying to lure a cow to the fence. I spent a lot of time at the barbed-wire, arm outstretched with a fistful of grass. Cows seldom cared, but once in a while one would come see what I had to offer, slobber all over my hand and mosey away. Oh, what a thrill! It was worth the wait.
When we visited Great-aunt Cora’s place I waded through ankle deep muck in my good shoes to stand at the barbed-wire that separated me from Topaz, even though Topaz was a mean old horse that never would come to the fence unless he felt like biting somebody. Topaz just glared at me from afar and then I got scolded for messing up my shoes and socks.
I was touched when Grandma sent me this photo. It’s not a great picture, but that’s my inner child. That’s me, trying to coax the creatures closer. I still do that. It’s good for what ails me.