New Neighbors

I should probably take the newcomers a gift. It's the Christmas season, after all. It wouldn't hurt to be generous.

Would a fruit basket be okay? Nothing says "welcome to the neighborhood" like a fruity arrangement of fresh apples, oranges, pears, peaches, mangoes, raspberries, strawberries and cantaloupe. In this case, however, maybe a simple loaf of white bread would be the better option.

The Duck family recently moved in where the neighborhood deer used to make their home - in the open field in the lower part of the neighborhood.

I can't say that I miss the deer. They made a habit of coming over late at night, unannounced, and helping themselves to the flowers, shrubs and whatever else my wife tried to grow around the house. They really weren't very good neighbors.

In fact, having them around eating everything they could get their hooves on and leaving the yard a mess is a lot like having your college son home for the holidays - nothing in the fridge is safe and stinky laundry is strewn all over the floor.

But I don't have to worry about that anymore. The deer seem to have sold their property and moved on, at least for the time being.

I would too if there was a lake where my bedroom used to be. All the rain we've gotten this year has made the field a wetland - more appropriate for, well, ducks.

I just hope they turn out to be better neighbors.


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