Every morning i awake and feed all of my wild life. Then i go off for my early morning walk.This is usually around 5 am. I love this time of day,nothing is really moving, except nature. It is tranquil, and peaceful,and how i imagine life must have been years ago.
I walk a mile every day,in all, different directions, to simply see and be one with the earth.She really is so beautiful, and Majestic.
On all occasions i will run into the little creatures just waking up, or the occasional skunk trying his best to beat daylight and get to his home. All so fun to see.
The other day i thought i heard a rare noise,as it sounded like a human cough.I was pretty far into the woods,and was rather surprised to hear another human.
When i rounded the corner heading down towards the creek,i noticed a small sigh, then that horrible rattling cough.I was at the least curious, and somewhat concerned.
I didn't see any structure to indicate a person was around, no tent, no lean too,nothing. So as not to scare anyone i said a quiet hello,i am walking on our great earth,and enjoying her views. if i have trespassed onto your property i will leave.My apologies.
I did not get one word, just that cough.So being me, i climbed into what looked like a hole in the side of a hill, ( fox den) later determined by me.
I was appalled and amazed at what i found. The cough was coming form a man, homeless,he was told by County DSS, they had no place form him, and no help at the moment.All they could offer was a one time emergency food stamp card,He took this, and bought all he could of non perishable items, took his fishing pole, and went as close to the creek as he could get.When he was told the first time he was on private property, had to leave, he simply moved down creek, and landed where i found him.
I asked him, if he would like to come to my house, get a hot meal, coffee, shower,warmth, he said but i stink, i said well the shower will fix that.
He climbed out of that hole, with his bag, and off we went as we are walking he tells me this in one lonely road you walk..I explained that was why i chose it, it is so peaceful.
As we walked and chatted i learned he is 73, and was in NAM, His parents are gone, and his only sister has not spoken to him since he was drafted, she was against the war, and said he could have hid, or ran to another country..
I took him to an urgent care, he had 3 infections, they gave him meds,as he would not have been able to pay for them asked him to come back in 4 weeks,make sure he was better. This man told the DR. she found me in a hole, she is not my daughter, and has no responsibility for me.I am homeless. I informed the DR, i will bring him back.
When we left he again said, one lonely road you walk..but i will be at the end, if you ever come back.
Well not so fast i told him,when we got back to my place,i showed him my kitty setup. It is an 8 by 12 shed, insulated, with heat, and lights. I said could you live in something like this? Or would it be to small.
He looked at me and said, this is for kitties, they can not be out in the cold!
I told him i had another just like this one, never been used, just finished making it, his for the taking..He looked at me, no more hiding? no more running when i hear someone? No more being cold? I said no none of that meals will be with us..
My road is not so lonely anymore, i now have a friend who walks with me..
It only takes one act of kindness.... )0(