The long, slender fingers of sunshine pulled back into the deepening shadows below the hill. Night sounds erupted into full harmony but the ear could never get its fill.
Where the curious lizard scurried away to, I cannot say. I will watch fervently for him on another day. The sweet little cottontail sat silently as we walked past her on the trail. The yellow- breasted chat voiced his warning, a duty that he would never fail.
No one would enter unannounced into his kingdom atop the hill. As any sentry on duty, his ever- searching eyes were never still. He spoke out loudly to all that would give ear. He yelled and he called but never showed fear. He then tilted his head and with one last refrain he spoke into the setting sun. He never turned, but flew away knowing that his battle was won.
Creatures one and all were happy today and each one showed it in a very special way. Even the bats that filled the night air tipped their wings as if to say goodbye. Geraldine, the cute little hog-nosed skunk, lumbered up close though normally she had proved very shy. She stood on her hind legs and peered over the grass at me and then slowly dropped to the ground and silently walked away. I looked into her sweet, soft eyes and spoke not a word though I had so much to say. No words need be spoken, no remark or concern. Everything here knows and every newcomer soon does learn.
This lazy eight acres are testimony to something so much greater. Every human on this earth will give thanks for them sooner or later. Then people will still gasp and hold their breath in awe. Where in other places you will only view life by what people draw. When people wipe tears because what was is no more. This tiny spot in the Texas hill country will still open her door. She will welcome friend, neighbor, stranger and guest. She will share with honor what she holds a treasure and considers the very best. No one will doubt once they have seen.
They have entered a place where nothing is angry or mean. Where bunnies still blink and sit very still. Where birds proudly guard the grounds at the top of the hill. Where humans come and leave with a smile. Where memories are woven and are kept on file. Come join us and experience something that all deserve. Come soon to The Eckert James River Preserve!