Fox Field Notes

Part 5

Securing the perimeter has had zero effect. Mr. Fantastic was out on our front deck early this morning making his rounds and checking up on the potted plants. No gift this time, which is favorable. I think everyone was getting a little fatigued from figuring out creative and effective ways to get dead rats off our deck. Time will tell if this whole male urine hypothesis will have any impact on Mr. Fantastic leaving us prizes, but for now, he's not deterred. I did notice this morning while he was making his rounds (see my stories for a photo) that he has gotten just a little bigger and is now about the same size as Sherman in length, minus the pipe cleaner legs, but possibly plus the sunny disposition. As I called his name from the bedroom window this morning he paused and looked my way as if to nod hello and acknowledge that we were indeed all in this together.

I've learned a lot from our new unexpected family member over these past few weeks. And as all things in nature cycle, they often do at a pace that is much faster than I would hope. One day Mr. Fantastic will be ready to move on and I will very much cherish his curiosity, precocious attitude and as gross as it may seem, his gifts and prizes. For they are offerings too. There seems to be a relationship here. One of love and respect of two animals who don't speak the same language or understand the rules by which the other lives. But we are both trying and there is a niceness to that. An optimism too, that makes me feel hopeful.

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