When Something So Wrong Seems So Right

The place didn’t look like a florist shop.

It was back a ways from the main road. No real parking lot. Cars of all varieties parked haphazardly. I was on a mission to pick up flowers for an event, but this was worth the extra minutes to take time to look around.

Not what I expected.

Then I heard rustling. Serious rustling. I glanced to my left and saw a very large raccoon.

Sitting not three feet from me. Right by the door. Staring.

I’ve had encounters with raccoons before. They look cute and cuddly, like a moving stuffed animal.

You don’t want to mess with them. They’re not afraid of many things.

Obviously not me.images-2

I hurried into the flower shop. A man in camo was sitting on a stool. His back to me.

I asked, “Is that raccoon out there a pet?”

The gentleman turned to face me. He looked like he’d be more comfortable in a deer blind than a flower shop. He looked me in the eye.

“That’s never a good idea.”

This gentleman had hunted raccoons. He shared a few details about their disposition.

“These critters are fine for the first six, seven months. Folks think they’re cute. But when they reach sexual maturity, they’ll turn on you in a heartbeat. I’ve seen a twenty pound raccoon take out a dog four times its size.”

imgresPossibly too much information. What intrigued me was his understanding of how folks think cute easily translates to pet.

Some things were just not meant to be. What looks cuddly and adorable one minute can rip your face off the next.

This raccoon had been treated like a pet by the shop owner’s son. It had been living above his trailer, and he’d been feeding it for quite some time.

As long as it was fed, it was a happy little camper.

Imagine the consternation of said raccoon when the kitchen closed.

That little guy is a picture of my bad habits. And attitudes. And what happens when I insist on feeding them.

Binge TV watching, for instance.

I’m three seasons behind on “Downton Abbey”, and in order to catch up to the current–and last–season, some serious TV viewing needs to be done.

An enjoyable distraction.

But hour after hour of watching?

That’s never a good idea.

But it feels good.

I don’t need help wasting time. Or in making poor choices. I’m an artist in creative waste practices and rotten rabbit-trail thinking.

But my time–my life–is worth more than waste.

God has given us life as a gift. Each day is an opportunity to choose to do something worthwhile. To encourage people. To help someone in need. To think more of others than of me.

When I feed any bad habit, I become more comfortable with it. Giving it more control over me than I want.

When I choose to invest my time wisely, I benefit. And so do those around me.

God is at work rooting out my inner raccoon. Those habits that support my already well-defined self-centeredness.

The ripping-someone’s-face-off attitude? I’m working on that one.







11 responses to “When Something So Wrong Seems So Right”

  1. Dayle, I also, unlike raccoons, when I CHOOSE to invest my time WISELY – I BENEFIT! [and so does GOD!] Love and Blessing!


    1. I’m trying really hard not to feed my inner raccoon–but the temptation sure is there! I benefit from good decisions–I wish I could go their first! Love you, Lo!


  2. This is such a great read Dayle. I love the way you write. In the words of a dear friend of mine, “Every time you write, it’s a heartbeat for humanity.” Love you, miss you.


    1. Oh, Mel, such kind words. I miss you, too, my friend. When are we going to have a play date?

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      1. Could we have time end of February?


  3. Dayle, I know this shop, too! Very interesting but they get the job done! Not surprised by the raccoon encounter. Love your application…fits us all!


    1. I know you’ve been there. It’s always a reminder that things are not always what I expect. the little guy wasn’t so little–a strapping young raccoon who obviously was not going to let me affect his plans.


  4. Ooooohh this is good! 🙂 I love the analogy!


    1. And I miss you, C! Come back!


      1. AwakeningSardis Avatar

        Awww… Dayle I miss you too! Richard and I were speaking about you this weekend. I hope to visit sometime this spring and try to get some Dayle time! 🙂 xxxx


  5. Just let me know when! I’d love time with you, C!


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