Friday evening’s weather was pleasant, and I enjoyed riding my bicycle while on errands. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one taking advantage of the time of day. I saw this lady, only about ten or twelve feet away from me, on the front lawn of a house.
At first, she was sitting quietly, so still that I thought she was a sculpture, a lawn ornament. Then she stood, perhaps self-conscious under my gaze. She did not seem particularly wary, and was certainly not frightened, despite the street a few yards behind me being one of the town’s busiest.
In truth, though the current health crisis has reduced automobile traffic a little, deer sometimes walk through the centre of town even during normal times. I have seen one crossing a more hectic street than this one at mid-day.
But the evening was calm, and so was the doe. She wandered off, nibbling at the grass. I didn’t see her cross the street; I don’t know if she did. I hope she made it back home in safety. Though they are not commonly seen in town, neither are deer rare observances, and they likely know their way about. This one’s slow pace and untroubled demeanour was nice to witness, and I hope she had as enjoyable an excurision as she made mine.