Today I stopped in at the lumber supply place in my new town to pick up some more two-by-fours and the metal to complete the “bones” and roof of the shed I’ve been building. I’ve become a regular here and stood at the counter waiting on my receipt when the thought crossed my mind: I wonder when they’ll start calling me by name. Then I laughed at my own desire to be “known”, to be recognized. Instead of hanging out at the corner bar, I frequent the lumber and hardware store and want to be greeted by name!
In moments, the clerk, whose name I don’t know (and must learn), said, “Okay, Miss Ellen, there you go. You know where to pick it up.” Such a small pleasure, yet such a need I have to establish some sense of the familiar in my new place.
And, it’s not just the folks in this new place, but the critters too, at my home in the woods, that I am becoming more acquainted with. This morning I turned over a large, plastic container in the yard and encountered inside it a small snake with beautiful markings: coral, white, black, and brown. I dragged the container outside my fenced area so the lovely critter had a chance to find a new resting place far from my dogs.
But, it is the frogs that have me tickled! The small green tree frogs are delighted with my new home. There are no curtains or blinds on the windows, so when the lights are on at night, I see the bellies, throats, and feet of my new friends at every window, each waiting for a choice insect to come along.
And, then, there are the frogs in my fish and lily pond. I just counted five which appear to be living quite happily with my four fish. I’ve noticed, over the past week, that they are more likely to stay on the surface, rather than emitting a little yelp (It is definitely not “ribbit”!) and leaping under water, when I come near. Is it possible that they are learning to recognize me also?
This one hung out for quite a while, presenting an interesting image, the reflection of its eye bouncing beneath it. I smile with relief. It’s good to be home, good to be making new friends.