My foot taps the brake, my thumb taps on the horn, and I count the pairs of eyes. One pair. Two pairs. Three pairs. And then one white-tail is joined by a second and a third.
As I whisper a prayer, “Please don’t run across the road. Please don’t try to jump across my car. Please, NO!”, they pause. They stare. Frozen.
Slowly, cautiously, and with my heartbeat in my throat, I continue on my way.
How did I evade trouble? What force of nature had me tapping the brake to slow my speed as I caught images of pairs of eyes and flashes of white out of the corner of my eye? My experience said, “Don’t swerve. Stay in your lane.”
My defense was to slow down, hit the horn, and proceed cautiously. I counted the pairs of eyes. One pair. Two pairs. Three pairs. Matched by three white-tails extended skyward.
What caught their attention? The change in the sound of the engine as I slowed, the car horn, or the headlights that froze them at the edge of the road. I eased past them as they remained frozen.
Today I was victorious. Driver: 1; Deer: 0. Still on the road.
Version 3: reposted from this previous blog (link)
Two eyes, glowing in the reflection of my headlights, joined by another pair, and then another pair as I see the dreaded white flicker . . .
Not to be confused with those other deer, reindeer, also visible during this season, and recognizable by my two and a half year old grandson.
My foot has already hit the brake, my thumb on the horn, sounding out a staccato beat that matches the prayer on my lips,
“Please don’t run across the road. Please don’t try to jump across my car. Please, NO!”
And just like that the glowing eyes decided not to fight tonight. Not to risk life and limbs crossing the road. They merely paused . . . and stared . . .
And I blinked, slowed, and cautiously continued on my way.
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