Monday morning drive

Yesterday, I awoke early, grabbed some cleaning supplies and loaded them into my car. As I turned right and then left, and then right again, I was lost in my thoughts, making the day’s To-Do-List. I thought about what still needed to be ordered – the box spring for the double bed as her own King-size bed isn’t making this move. It is too big for this condo. I felt content with all that had already been sorted through – many photo albums, every drawer in the many dressers and all the dishes and glassware. Keep and pack. Donate. Throw away. Those three categories acted as our mantra. “Definitely need this!” “Should we let someone else enjoy it now?” “Can’t you let go of that?” “Just pitched that!”

For the past months, my mom and I have spent two to three days a week, going from room to room, from the large China cabinet to the small drawers in her end tables and touched everything in her current condo. By the first week in August, I feel confident that her 2-bedroom condo will be packed with just the things she needs to bring her joy in a one-bedroom condo down the road from where she resides now. My husband and I just purchaced a condo in the town I grew up it. My mom will become our tenant next month, allowing her to be blocks from the church community she loves and provide her with the safety of a building with an elevator. Her arthritic joints are already celebrating.

Suddenly,, not one, not two but three large deer jolted me out of my thoughts. They entered the 2-lane road I was driving on, about 30 feet in front on me. I glanced in my read-view mirror and saw no cars behind me so I slowed to a stop. With no cars coming at me either, it was just me and these three magnificent-looking animals. Their long legs gracefully trotted across the street and then began to graze in the yard to my left. All three had growing horns atop their heads. I simply stared at them. In the next moment, I spotted a car approaching me from the front and I flashed my lights as a warning. The approaching car slowed as the three deer stepped across the surburban home’s front yard and headed toward their backyard. I returned to driving and hoped the deer would stay safe today.

Moments later, I parked my car in the condo’s parking lot and my phone dinged. I pulled it out of my purse and saw my friend had sent me a text message. He often will share a photo with me form his morning walk. Today he sent me this photo:

I texted him back, sharing how I had just seen three of the same animal.

His reply:

As I read the article about the Deer Totem Meaning, I started to believe that the deer was my spirit animal today (and maybe this summer), guiding me, times three. Its description resonated :

By affinity with this animal, you have the power to deal with challenges with grace. You master the art of being both determined and gentle in your approach. The deer totem wisdom imparts those with a special connection with this animal with the ability to be vigilant, move quickly, and trust their instincts to get out the trickiest situations.

With determination, I dropped my phone back in my purse and grabbed the cleaning supplies. I felt ready to gently deal with the remaining challenges of this summertime move.

What’s your spirit animal for today?

12 thoughts on “Monday morning drive

  1. cvarsalona says:

    Sally, your slice is so intriguing as you start with a teaser-not mentioning your mother right away and leading me to read more with curiosity. Now that I am in Virginia, I see deer and geese with babies walking across roads. They walk with grace and style. You wove several topics into one short slice that is seamless in the transitions. Your spirit animal is with you. Be at peace during your summer chores.

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    • sallydonnelly11 says:

      Thanks for sharing how as the reader, you read on to know more. I actually revised to share about my mom not right away and you confirmed this moved worked! Where are you in VA? I am in Arlington.


  2. mbhmaine says:

    I am always fascinated by how nature seems to send us messages when we need them. I wrote recently about how a northern flicker spoke to me. On another note, how wonderful for you and your mother that you’ve been able to create this ideal living situation. Wishing you the best with the cleaning and the move!

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  3. Erika says:

    I could feel you in that car! Sometimes while being on autopilot your attention is pulled back- those deer helped you slow down and focus on the present- a gift, for sure! You really are doing so much to help your mom get sorted for her big move and chipping away at it seems to have been key. I love when signs seem to find us when we need them!

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  4. Fran McCrackin says:

    This post has a tremendous resonance with me. My mom loved deer, and some of my best memories are of seeing deer with her. one of my last gifts to her was a little brass deer, which I kept after she died. I can so relate to your MONTHS of work with your mom, and how you have touched every item in her current condo. Your writing shows rather than tells us, of your care, love and tact as you guide your mom through this move. You never complain, and in fact celebrate being on the road so early with your cleaning supplies, that allowed you to see the deer!


  5. kimhaynesjohnson says:

    What a blessing – opportunities, wildlife, your mother’s happiness, a friend to send you a text to brighten your day, and a message in the totem. It’s very liberating to give items away for a new life and someone else who will enjoy and appreciate them, freeing you to adopt a more simplistic way of life. Bravo! It’s all coming together.

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  6. franmcveigh says:

    So much to love in your post: the recognition of a spirit animal, its meaning, and HOW it applies to you, along with the parallels in the care and attention to your mother, her life, her possessions, and her future! You are a blessing to so many at school, in your writing and at home!

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  7. margaretsmn says:

    I’ll be moving my mother to a one bedroom apartment this weekend. The big move happened 3 years ago when my parents left their home of 30 years and moved to the retirement home. This one should be easier but my mother is less able to handle the stress. This period in our lives is hard and your spirit animal is helping guide you through. I love this idea. Thanks for sharing. All my best as you transition through with your mother.


  8. Stacey Shubitz says:

    My cousin often pushes me to think of my spirit animal. I always chuckle. Maybe I need to give this more thought now that you’ve posed the question too.

    Sounds like you and your mom are being super productive this summer!


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