The roar of the sky filled my eyes and ears! The song of those crazy wild coyotes echoed right behind the thunder and the lightening.
I kept running!
I had a long way to go to get to the Apricot tree, then to Dad’s equipment area, where I would turn and start down the new cement ditch.
Then the wind picked up and roared into life! It would have been nice if the wind was a ‘changed wind’ and came behind my back, but NO I was running INTO the wind!
My heart was pounding, my legs hurting, and my lungs just about to give out.
Sadly I collapsed!
I was way too tired to keep going.
Ruth fluttered down beside me, “You okay?” she poked her wing at my face, the longest feather on the tip of her wing tickled my nose. I jumped up and SNEEZED!
“A….yeah! Just tired.”
I sat there with my head drooping, tongue out, body sagging.
Thunder slammed into something, in the sky, causing, both Ruth and I to jump ten feet into the air.
The sky turned on every light it owned right before our eyes.
Suddenly I was blind!
Ruth hooted in totally fear!
I might have been instantly blind, but my nose wasn’t! As I waited for my eyesight to come back —–
I smelled….something…something very familiar…something that always seems to get me in BIG trouble…then my eyesight returned and I saw
SKUNK! Running by me as fast as its short little legs could carry it…squealing and squeaking in terror!
Now the rain started! Not just a little drizzle, nor a tiny mist in the air, but a regular downpour—a gully washer, as folks say around here.
Ruth sat there in the most dejected fashion…loyal to the end.
“You fly off, Ruth. Go back to your nest…wait the storm out…hurry. It’s only getting worse” I pushed my nose into Ruth’s soft fluffy body and gave her a shove.
She looked at me in a pitying sort of way and said: “Thanks, dog!” Then lifted herself up and was…..gone!
The sky let lose another round of machine gun noises and large flashes of fire.
That did it! I was rested! My legs heaved my body up and was propelling me down the cement ditch road, before my mind had decided to run for home!
Just as I was turning the corner, onto the wooden bridge a raccoon raced by me; panic in his eyes.
I didn’t stop. The whole sky was alive with fire breathing dragons, danger and peril for everything on open ground.
Heading down the Superhighway between the two corn fields a fox passed me like I was standing still.
Still I ran…I had the gated pipe road left to go before I could be in the farm yard. I was running in mud now. Soft gushy mud—mud up to my knees.
Dismay set in…it’s late and Mom is in the house and it’s raining and pouring and….
I kept on pushing—I was close to the grain bins now— when three raccoons ran by me heading to … who knows where.
Then around the corner I went, onto the gravel farm yard road and
Low and Behold! Mom was outside at the hen house checking on the hens!
Life couldn’t get much better!
(an old photo, but I needed you to see my really comfy covers)
Well, that’s the end of the story. No real mystery here, just a big storm. Mom took me inside, made me stand in a tub of warm water, washed me off from tummy to toe nails, dried me down with a really nice towel…made me get on my bed then covered me up with a blanket.
Sure felt good. I didn’t wake up until breakfast.