i know, this looks nothing like the girlies i usually paint and draw...but there's a story.
friday morning i was on my way to take nate and henry to school and the cars in front of me began to swerve around something. living so close to the woods, this usually means a dead something in the road. great. trying to prepare myself...it's my turn. and there was no dead animal. but, a very very wounded raccoon staggering in the middle of the road. must have just been hit. and people are driving AROUND IT. what the??? wait. have i mentioned i am a bit insane when it comes to animals??? hmm.....perhaps i leave that part of my life to my family. well i'm insane.
so my mind is racing and raging in disbelief that no one has stopped to at least try and get it out of the road!!!! i know i know....the sane are saying, "they have rabies!!! it would bite!" i am not one of those. i stopped my car in the middle of the road and put my hazards on. sorry cars behind me...but you have to deal. i wanted to make sure no one hit him. he was walking so so slowly and clearly in shock. my heart was breaking, my kids were awesome. they are so used to this. my oldest, nate, was cheering out the window. while henry and eli just watched...i tried to find a long branch to ease him out of the road, while calling the wildlife rescue on my cell. THANK GOD....we have a wildlife rescue and so close to home. i know it well. sooooo....it wasn't opened yet and i'm listening to what you do when you have a wounded animal such as a raccoon on the machine. ahhhhhhhhhhh!! out of the corner of my eye i see a man with a push broom. he doesn't say a word...just gently blocks the raccoon from going further into danger and tries to get him out of the road. our minds were totally in sync. he was on the phone with the wildlife rescue as well, while canceling his morning appointments.
both of us managed to keep the raccoon in one place. he ran and got a blanket and covered his head, and this raccoon seemed to just let go...he was so weak....tim just lifted him up and put him in the back of his truck. thank goodness for tim. i mean it. i was ready to take the stroller out of my car, hatchback...and lay him in the back of my car.
yay tim!!!! he volunteered to run the raccoon to the wildlife rescue so i can take the boys to school. i would just go after. the report i got right away, was that he was stable, given painkillers and sedated. rick, who runs the wildlife rescue, seemed optimistic.
well...my boys had named him "rocky", and i assured them that after school we would go and visit him.
i stopped by again on route to pick up the boys to check up on rocky....well....heavy sigh...he didn't make it. i was so incredibly saddened. i really really thought he would be ok. however, his injuries were far beyond what i imagined. again, i will spare you. rick kept telling me how lucky rocky was to have been brought in. he could have lived 3 or 4 more days in that state, which is unthinkable.
i would do it again in a heart beat.
i'm writing this much and i NEVER write this much. cause outside of my artwork...(and my family of course..) animals are it. i would do anything to help an animal. so i am. i am taking an orientation in march and beginning to volunteer 4 hours a week at this AMAZING AMAZING DID I SAY AMAZING PLACE. now, here's there site if you would like to see....most of you are no where near it i know. but this little place, saves injured or orphaned wildlife on a daily basis. it's run entirely on donations and volunteers. here tis: the schulykill valley wildlife rescue
hope i didn't bore you to tears. i was thinking i would make prints of this drawing (it's still a bit rough) and for every sale give the proceeds entirely to the rescue. but my husband convinced me it's just not the kind of piece one would purchase. perhaps just a healing piece for me. it was just that. i will hang it up and always remember him and hopefully be able to help save lots and lots more.
i promise my next entry won't be so heavy!