As you well know, Canadian winters are long, cold, snowy and quite unappealing in many ways.
You may also know that this, our first winter up north is reported to be among the worst experienced in the area. I see this as both a plus and a minus. The minus part is obvious - read back to long, cold, snowy and quite unappealing.
Looking at the plus side though, I figure that if this is one of the worst we can expect, subsequent years ought to be a breeze! Also on the plus side, is sharing our space with what I believe are among the most beautiful creatures on the planet.
Yes, that's you with your beautiful eyes and inquisitive looks.
You with your elegant legs which stomp the ground in protest when I stand a bit too close, and which are ready to run at a moment's notice.
You with your mouths which look like they're smiling when chomping down on the apples we offer, and which so eagerly eat the feed we leave for you.
You who come running when you hear the food being scattered.
You who announce your presence with a wee snort when my back is turned.
You who listen so intently when I tell you how very beautiful you are.
You with your snorts and bluster and hoofing and stomping.
You - all of you are making this winter among the finest in at least this one way.
You've given me more than you've accepted.
Thank you, dear deer.