Sunday, May 26, 2013

Laughter




I had organized a dog food/supply drive for my favorite animal rescue, Hollow Creek Farm, and knew I had to start collecting the neighborhood donations at 1:00. So I dashed down to the river in the morning, hoping to get in an hour of kayaking. I was the only one on the river. I guess everyone else was resting up for later in the day festivities. I saw many turtles, a mama Heron feed her baby high in a treetop nest, and a few fish. I cannot begin to describe how much I love being on the river, all alone, in my kayak. Joy.

My wonderful neighborhood donated a van full of dogfood and supplies, and after I loaded them in the car, I drove the hour out to Hollow Creek Farm. I was greeted by a blind dog who would not let me stop petting him, several turkeys that wanted to mate with me, and a goose who had half his beak broken off because he stuck it in the fence to torment the dogs. A couple of friends of Hollow Creek showed up to bury a rabbit that was a pet but had died. The friend had kept the rabbit in his freezer for 3 weeks till he could trek out to Hollow Creek. He dug a hole while we watched, pulled the frozen rabbit out of a plastic grocery bag, and covered it with dirt.
"That's it?" I said, "No prayers or any words of parting?"
"Any words would be to comfort me, not him. He is past caring," said the man.
I silently said a prayer for the poor little rabbit.

As I drove home, I have to admit, I chuckled. It all tickled me- the blind dog who could see in a second the sucker who would not stop petting him, the frozen rabbit dropped in the grave with no ceremony , the goose with half a beak who hissed at me with his tongue fully exposed, the amorous turkey....

We have had more than our share of sorrow this month, but poking through like blades of spring grass, there is always life in the midst of the mud. Life is fun. It just is. If you aren't laughing, perhaps you need to look around a little more carefully.

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Then our mouth was filled with laughter And our tongue with joyful shouting; Then they said among the nations, "The Lord has done great things for them." (Psalms 126:2 NASB)





-save a dog- hollowcreekfarm.org

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