Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores
Photographer Patricia Gulick

Thursday, January 8, 2015

1/8/15 RMB Desert Friends

1/8/15 RMB Desert Friends

Dear Rita Mae Brown,

The holiday rush rushed us right into a New Year’s worth of days to fill. And they fill fast. It’s good to have work to keep hands busy and minds from falling idle. Yet, in the midst of all the busy-ness, it is good to take a moment to center, to think, to ponder…to enjoy, to live.

I visited Teddy in her desert home for the first time over Thanksgiving. On a cool morning I shadowed her as she fed her little friends, squirrels, rabbits, birds, lizards, and more. She tossed out feed, seed and vegetables in an area shaded by brush, so that they may eat protected from the desert sun. Then water stations were filled by hoses, connected in an interesting pattern, just for this purpose. We walked a ways and I looked back to see all the friends gathering, coming out of their desert hiding places, eating side by side, merrily munching away. There are no cages or leashes or enclosures, just friends. Dr. Doolittle lives.

She introduced me to a new, young tree friend. That was special. It waved at us with wispy, green, thin branches. We walked back across her property to begin our day, carrying the magic of the morning with us.

In the middle of all our mornings, certain ones are etched in memory deeper than others.

Happy New Year,


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