Donkey Day!


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!
Kathryn xoxo

12 Responses to “Donkey Day!”

  1. Everything responds to love and attention. Sweet story!

  2. Hi, Donna! Yes, isn’t that so true? Indeed. Good to remember no matter which way we are looking. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for your visit. Kathryn xoox

  3. Awwwwwe! They are SO cute! Very sweet adventure!

    Love you,

  4. Hi, Antonia! They were adorable. i just love them. I’m definitely going back. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love, Mom xoxo

  5. This really made me smile.
    About a year ago I was talking to a friend of mine who was back here on vacation as she had retired to Mexico. I mentioned the donkeys on the Paciic coast where there are no roads. She said that her husband had given her a donkey as a surpise gift and that she just loved him( the donkey…but I suppose the husband, too for such a gift!)
    I loved seeing these images and reading this storty

  6. Hi, Philip! Oh, I would also love it if someone gave me a donkey! It’s so funny to think of the women on the planet who would love their husbands if they gave them a donkey. It would have to be a special woman and a special husband. I think it’s short list! LOL! Thanks for the visit! Glad you liked my adventure! Kathryn xoxo

  7. What a thrill to see this! I’m a donkey fan too and had a gray one when I was little. Beautiful, clever creatures.

  8. Welcome, Daffodil Planter! Oh, how lucky to have lived with one as a child! I would have loved that! Beautiful, clever creatures sounds good to me! Thank you for sharing! Kathryn xoxo

  9. Great post Kathryn, it really brightened my day. I was feeling quite flat and tired (went as staff to see a show in London with 60 16 year olds yesterday and got back at 3am!) but I’m all perked up by your gorgeous donkeys now ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Awwww, Liz, so glad you enjoyed the donkeys. Yeah, donkeys will do that, brighten one up straightaway! Funny how that happens. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sixty teens to London sounds pretty lively, though! Hope you had fun! Kathryn xoxo

  11. The trip was fun – and lively! I went as staff with the school where I’m a Governor to take the Year 11 English group to see ‘War Horse’ – a play based on the use of horses at the Front during the First World War. It was a brilliant show – traumatic, humerous, visually stunning …we all felt like our emotions had been ripped apart by the end and then our fantastic Y11’s gave the cast a standing ovation. Wonderful!

    Given your love of all things equine, this play will have you in pieces if you ever get chance to see it ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Good morning, Liz! Thanks for the tip! ๐Ÿ™‚ Kathryn xoxo

© 2008 - 2024 Kathryn Hall. All rights reserved.
For optimal viewing Mac users using IE should access via Safari.
Pixel Surgery by Site Mechanix