An Addendum to the Deer Essay
It's been just over two months since I killed the deer with my
car. I've learned quite a bit from that experience, and continue to do so.
I've gotten responses back from at least 4 continents from others who
have either had a similar experience in some way, or who have been able to
draw something from my experience and thereby learn from it. It seems to have
struck a nerve almost unanimously in people all around the globe, and I'm sure
it will continue to send ripples out as time goes on.
I'm glad for the fact that she didn't die in vain, and that she was
able to communicate some of that lesson to me.
A few follow-up notes:
Farewell, Dear deer. There's a part of you that I'll always keep
inside. Thank you for all you've given.
- Her body lay in the ditch for almost a week. Whomever it was that was
supposed to pick her up wasn't in much of a hurry. After the first night, it
seems that someone pushed her farther over into the ditch, into where a bit of
water was flowing by, but didn't actually do anything about removing the
body. I'm a bit surprised at that, since this was only a couple of hundred
yards from an elementary school, and I'm sure that children walked by there
daily. Again I wonder: Would they have left a human body laying in a watery
ditch near a school for a week before removing it?
- A few days afterwards, as she was still there, I stopped in town and
bought a single, long-stemmed red rose for the deer. My girlfriend and I went
back to the body and said our final farewells. (She had been following in
another car and was there for the accident and aftermath.)
- As I was saying goodbye, I noticed that her great big eyes never did
close. They were cloudy and dim, now, and getting dirt in them, but they
stayed open right to the end, and beyond.
- I've seen many other (live) deer along the roadside since then, and
have found my spirits raised each time. The life-cycle continues, and I now
celebrate it at every chance I get.
You won't be forgotten. :-)
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Patrick G. Salsbury email@example.com