My sister and I were waiting for a herd of deer to cross the road. Seriously, it was a herd of about twenty deer. Watching them meander from one side to the other, well, I got to wondering why the large population around town doesn’t attract more predators into town.
It wasn’t just a random thought. I’m seriously afraid of bears. Like used-to-have-nightmares-and-sometimes-still-do afraid of bears. Then I went, d’oh. Winter. Bears are all hibernating. So I tell my sister this slightly crazy thought pattern and she says, “Sometimes I wish I were a bear and could sleep the winter away.”
So of course, we had to think about more ways it would be great to be a bear:
- Sleep through the winter (this one has lots of side benefits that include no shoveling, no sliding no falling…)
HAVE to stuff your face with food all through the fall to prepare for that sleep. Think about that. No guilt eating.
No one asks you if plan to lose weight or what’s your plan to stay heart healthy. If they do, you just “love tap” then with a big old paw and watch them fly through the air.
No one questions much of anything you do. See above.
If you live in a national park, you will get darted and tagged BUT…sedatives. A periodic FREE nap.
Pretty much top of the food chain around here. Only predator is man and if he gets in your way, see above.
There’s even a song for bears (though nothing about their carnivore side).
So what do you think? Ever want to be a bear? Or another animal? What’s the attraction to be your critter? I love comments so much that I pick a favorite to receive my monthly AnaBanana gift basket ($25 value). Recipient is announced the first blog post of the new month.
P.S. I was trying to think if I’ve used a critter in my books, but the closest I’ve come to “scary” is in Kicking Ashe and that is bugs, though they are carnivores. It’s also available in Project Enterprise Bundle 2 for a great sale price!