Night Creatures


My husband and I are well-loved and visited by night creatures. There were once seventeen raccoons on our deck, fighting over six boxes of stale crackers I had poured out to see what would come out. It was fun for me watching them slap and screech at each other when they thought someone was eating more than their share. 

A white-faced opossum used to come to our porch every night to eat hard crunchy cat food.  We saw one dead in the street on a bleak autumn day, and both of us expressed worry that it might be our opossum. I think it was.  

We have a new smaller grayish opossum now, that creeps up to our porch every night around seven o’clock.  It is an ugly mutt, much smaller than the pretty one, with that ugly gnarly pink rat tail, but she waddles up, next to the cat, who welcomes her. I hide in the house, watching her, pleased.  Sometimes the dog gets hysterical and barks madly about it, but she stays inside next to me, safe, scared to death of night creatures that fascinate me.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 8/8/2018 8:29:00 AM
i love reading about your night visitors, caren, although i would be intimidated by them for sure (especially 17 raccoons!). i'd love to hear more about them...
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Date: 8/7/2018 11:46:00 PM
I like your narrative, Caren, was never fond of the wild creatures, can never know what to expect..
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 8/8/2018 3:49:00 AM
Thank you Eve, we have a dog door and are amazed more night creatures have not visited us inside. My husband who is tall and intimidating to some people cannot intimidate the baby opossum. The opossum knows him.