I was sitting on my sofa, sipping some lemon water, when just barely out of my field of vision, I saw something run past the picture window. My first thought was that somebody was in my backyard. This alarmed me. Nobody should be there. So I jumped up, ran to the window and looked to see who it was, fully expecting to call the police. At first I didn’t see anything and then I did, once my eyes adapted to the landscape. It was no intruder. Imagine my delight when what I saw were FOUR deer congregating nearby. I was in awe. Two of them, with racks on their heads, decided to take leave of the property, when they saw me and ran from view. But the other two, a momma and her little one, stayed put. They wandered close to the window looking quizzically at me, as if to ask, ‘who are you?’ Mesmerized, my feet now glued to the tile floor, in the dining room, I watched their every move. Mother Nature had given me a New Years gift and I wasn’t about to squander it, to go grab a camera, and try to capture a picture. Instead, I blinked this scene into permanence, in my mind and promised to store it away there, forever. What a treat, to see these creatures up close and personal. After about ten minutes or so, they too got antsy, and headed towards the side of my house, that was out of view. But I was not ready to say goodbye to them. So, I ran out front to my porch, and watched these dear, sweet animals prance away, through the boulevard and into the woods that bordered my neighbor’s yard, at the end of the street. I wished them all well and hoped no harm would come to any of them. And prayed I would get to see them again sometime soon. This was the perfect… ‘pick me up’… to end the holiday season and start the new year.