Living in the country (okay Suburbia for me is the country) being surrounded by nature may sound and look beautiful to many people. I think it is too, for a day or for a weekend visit, but living there is another story. The birds, the squirrels, the lizards, the crickets, the deer drive me to drink... well any excuse for a cocktail. I'm a city guy and even the quiet can be deafening to me.
I have tried many times to embrace the moment and remind myself that this is not forever. I try to use my Yoga training and tell myself to be mindful. Listen to my breath. Smell the eucalyptus trees. Feel the earth supporting me. Who am I kidding... that only lasts for ten minutes!
The other day before breakfast I walked out to the front garden and looked at the flowers and enjoyed the beauty surrounding me. Boo! Suddenly a family of squirrels jumped from the tree in my garden and circled around me as I screamed and ran back into the house. Deep breaths, this is my garden not theirs. I was determined not to let these pesky rodents get the best of me. I headed back outside with an attitude and a water spray bottle! I'll show them, besides I had to get the newspaper still laying in the driveway. As I opened the garden gate, I looked up and saw the oak tree full of crows. I'm thinking Hitchcock... deep breath again. I can do this, I still have my "ammunition". Boo! Just as I picked up the paper a big crow swooped right down over my head and I almost fell on my face. What the hell is going on here? This is not relaxing, this is not beautiful, this is not my world.
I know all these so called "lovely" creatures have a plan to get this city guy out of their neck of the woods. They want my ruby red sneakers and they want my annoying ass out of here quicker than I'm able to click my heels. I don't need a house to drop on me, I can tell where I'm not wanted... for me it's scary in Suburbia. There may not be lions or tigers or bears, but it feels like the Witch's Haunted Forest. Like the sign says "I'd turn back if I were you." Boo!
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