Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

squirrelJonathan and live in a beautiful area south of the James River with many houses and many trees, a creek or two, even a couple of very small lakes. Taking walks here is a joy because the scenery and the wildlife are a joy to see. deer

He loves the squirrels, which are everywhere. I am drawn to several owls that spend evenings in trees in our yard and our neighbor’s yard. The rabbits hopping through are cute, too.

And the deer are beautiful.

I just wish they wouldn’t eat the leaves on my new little peach tree. When I have a garden (!) the rabbits will probably devour the lettuce (shades of Peter Rabbit).

We’re having a fence built for the back and side yards. We still pray for a dog (please pray with us), which is the main reason we are getting the fence. But I hope it will help save the peach tree and the lettuce of the future.

owlRobert Frost wrote, “Good fences make good neighbors.” I hope he’s right.

Boundaries are important in all relationships–not walls, but boundaries that keep things clear while letting people, or other animals, share space.

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

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