A funny thing happened on my way to a planned shoot this morning. I saw these guys! Oh, you have no idea how much I love donkeys! There was a donkey who lived next to me when I lived down in Santa Rosa, whose large pen was conveniently next to my apple orchard, and that donkey was the recipient of wheelbarrows full of apples every fall, I’ll tell you. Big mutual love! So when I saw the above pair I immediately pulled over. Maybe the Universe had other plans for me than my original intention. Who am I to interfere? Follow my joy.
Those two agreed! Within seconds they were over at the fence checking me out. What a pity. No apples on hand. Or carrots. How about a little pat on the head? A rub on the nose? They seemed to have very pleasant dispositions and were very open to being touched. I could not believe how soft they were! Oh, I was thrilled!
So imagine my surprise, when suddenly one, and then two more came over an adjacent hill having heard all ooohing and awwwing! Two more?? Joy barometer moving up!
These smaller ones are warmly greeted by the original two, clearly now the parents, with a sweet nuzzle. Awwwww. Lovin’ this!
What a beautiful family! I’ve never been with an entire donkey family before so this is a very special morning adventure for me! Smiles ear to ear!
I steep myself in the joy I experience in the coming together of interspecies communication and connection. They are interested in me. I in them. I tell them how utterly beautiful they are and I laugh and laugh and they listen. They are aware of my joy, my open heart, my delight in their being and it is one glorious expression of appreciation. Unexpectedly, the moment is expanded with the arrival of yet another donkey, whom I greet with delight! And then it is time to continue on my path. I walk back down the little hill to my awaiting truck, looking back for a final snap of my newfound friends. Goodbye dear donkeys! Thank you for the gifts that you are. I will come back with treats! Promise!
Love and blessings!
Posted on December 3rd, 2009 by Kathryn
Filed under: Animals