October 13, 2016

Skelly

I was worried that I'd be leaving the night sky and stars behind when we left Bandon -- the town opted for dark sky light fixtures to avoid nighttime light pollution, giving us pitch black evenings and gorgeous bright stars. But here in the forest we have the darkest nights I've ever (not) seen. Like, can't see a couple feet in front of your face. If I need to go to the mailbox or take the garbage cans up too late you will find me clapping my hands the whole way up our driveway and back just in case any wild creatures are out there. I have no idea if clapping does anything but alert them to my presence but hopefully they stay away.

One of the first nights we were here this past summer I had to make a late grocery run. On my way home I was still unfamiliar with the roads and on alert for deer so I was driving super slow. As I turned a curve toward our street my headlights slowly scanned over a yard, where there was a tree and a fence... and a skeleton looking right at me.

Had it been this time of year maybe I would not have been so freaking startled, but it was the middle of summer!

I didn't tell anyone until the next time we were all on a drive after dark. I drove them past and told them to watch for Skelly. Yeah I named it. And not a day goes by that we don't drive by and say "Hi, Skelly." Ask anyone who has come to visit us. They know Skelly.

I think Skelly is my first and only friend here.

Yesterday when I drove by, a little girl was getting the mail at Skelly's house. It was a girl who is on Ivy's soccer team- the coach's daughter! This revelation is the most exciting thing that has happened to me in weeks.

I can not wait to find out more about Skelly's story at the game on Saturday.


10 comments:

  1. LOL. What fun! I want to know where you live just so we can drive by at Christmas! (And maybe come see you?) All my friends keep moving to Corvallis, which is awesome for those I've never met, but sad for those who lived here before!
    So if you need some friend hook ups I do know some good ones!

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  2. LOL. What fun! I want to know where you live just so we can drive by at Christmas! (And maybe come see you?) All my friends keep moving to Corvallis, which is awesome for those I've never met, but sad for those who lived here before!
    So if you need some friend hook ups I do know some good ones!

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  3. Too funny. Make sure you pass on the Skelly story when you find out what it is.

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  4. Hehe, this is adorable :) And I'm so glad to be reading your words again, friend!

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  5. I got the biggest smile thinking of you clapping . Not sure why, but it made me miss you .

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  6. You're brave to go out in pitch black and clap your way to safety. :)

    Nell

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  7. There's nothing quite like seeing the stars in real darkness. My hometown grew so much between the time I moved away and when I brought my little (big) family back. Sometimes I wonder if I'm looking at those long-ago nights through the lens of childhood nostalgia...but no, it really was pure dark. And perfection. Enjoy the Milky Way for me!

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  8. Super spooky! ALlhough the name "Skelly" seems playful so that seems to help me to not be as scared. LOL. Hope you'll share with us about Skelly when you find out! :)

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  9. Loving these recent updates and the ease and lightness I feel in your writing. Perhaps private is the way to go!

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  10. I hope you make new friends soon. Sounds like Skelly might be a good ice breaker. :)

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