I'm a farm girl, there are not too many things that bother me. As I journey through this life, I understand that everything interconnects with everything else. Everything we do impacts something that we may not even see with our eyes. You cannot move a log on the forest floor without disturbing and impacting another life from. My favorite saying, Touch the Earth Gently, not an easy task.
I wanted to share my experiences with the common garter snake. I am not afraid of them, I respect snakes, but not afraid. I remember when I was a little girl, we lived in a big woods (this might be why I love trees today). We heated our house with a big furnace that burned wood and coal. We spent Saturdays cutting wood to feed that furnace. One spring my mother pulled open a drawer of her Singer Sewing machine and coiled among the spools of thread was a beautiful little garter snake, did we bring that little snake into the house when we disturbed it's home in the woods? She shrieked and I couldn't wait to hold it in my hands. My appreciation for snakes began then. I also believe that animals that present themselves to you, have a message for you. The characteristics of that animal are something you might need to recognize in your life at that time. I very much like the idea of this, it's as if the animals are really talking to me.
Later the next month I was cleaning up the grounds where the tipi was going to be raised. I took the gator out to pickup all the firewood that was left from the year before. I wanted to mow the grounds, it is easier to move everything and mow the grounds and replace campfire wood. The wood sat in the gator a couple days before I got back to finishing the project. I unloaded the wood, stacking it neatly in a pile. I removed the last log and under this log was the biggest garter snake I'd ever seen! I didn't pick him up, not interested in getting bitten again! I backed the gator down to the tree line in our little horse pasture, opened the tailgate and dumped him out. One of the things I remember the most was how blue his eyes were and how calm he was. I wonder now if he was in a transformation state, shedding his old skin, a time of rebirth and growth. Was this the message I was suppose to get from my these three snakes? I started thinking about the fact that we were moving into an new season, changes were happening in my art and around me. Was I also shedding my skin, moving in new direction, growing, and learning? It may have been..... I haven't seen a garter snake in my garden or woodpile since. I'm glad I listened to my snake friends, I really didn't need them to keep getting bigger when they came to me. Sometimes I think my lessons are shown to me in little ways, if I don't seem to get them, they are shown to me in bigger ways. I know it always happens when I am ready, in my own time.
Lessons come to us in many ways, I like trying to figure it all out. My wonderful husband says that I hurt his head by thinking about things like this. I laugh and continue to listen to the critters that come my way, they have messages to share..........
Photo: upper left, Punkin' Patch, the hunter kitty
lower right, Spirit Kitty, the Queen