KL Caley’s writephoto picture this week is of reindeer:
Happy memories of my Mum and deer, and also myself with reindeer.
I am copying 2 extracts from this post to accompany KL’s picture today.
I hope it brings a bit of magic into your life as it did hers (and mine)
My Mum has always been fascinated by deer. When we discovered this, we did our best to take her to places we knew deer were present in the hope that she would see some of these elusive animals.
On one occasion, we’d heard that a local tourist attraction had recently acquired a small herd of Sika deer so we took Mum on an outing there.
We found the enclosure within the grounds, and as she and I sat quietly on the benches provided, Hubby stood by the gate and waited. It wasn’t long before a small deer came out from the undergrowth, its curiosity gradually getting the better of it as it edged closer to where he was standing. Mum was holding her breath with the excitement of a young child when she realised that he was soon going to be within touching distance. Animal and Man were separated by only a foot or so when 2 women, totally oblivious to the magical moment taking place, walked into the enclosure from the other side, slamming the gate shut behind them as they carried on with their conversation. And like the deer, the moment was gone.
I had a happy childhood, but some things were never explained because the need never arose. Hubby finds what follows totally charming, though I was embarrassed by my ignorance.
I’m talking about reindeer. You may find it hard to believe, but up until about 12 years ago, I didn’t realise they were real, and believed they were all part of the Christmas Magic I’d experienced as a child.
Until I saw a TV documentary about them, I also hadn’t known that reindeer and caribou were one and the same.
So some four years ago (original post written in February 2014) , a part of Magic came into my life when they had 3 reindeer in a stall at the Christmas market in town. Not only could I see them, but I could touch and feed them, and I was mesmerized. I understood now why deer held such fascination for my Mum.