Waiting for the bank to open

Kingsley and I were out the door earlier than I had planned this morning, and after unloading a kiln, the bank still wasn’t open.

I could have driven across town to the branch that opens early, but, the air smelled like this

so Kingsley and I explored the nature trail behind Cleveland State Community College.

Sassafras trees make me glad I live here. As a child I learned to pick a stem and chew on the spicy sweet wood. Since then I heard that it contained a carcinogen, but sometimes I am still reckless enough to  disengage the cerebral warnings and take the sweet wildness between my teeth.

I think this is going to be bountiful year for huckleberries and blackberries. Good for bears, and other omnivores. I’m going to get my buckets ready.

I trudged right on by this little guy, but Kingsley got quite excited…

No, buddy, we can’t take it home with us. Salmonella, and I think having a wild turtle as a pet is illegal in some states? (I read too much.)

But mostly because you would terrorize it all day, every day.

Let’s go.


About genieearle

I make things in my tiny studio called Claywise, as I try to understand the world I live in, and what it means to be human. I have 4 amazing offspring who are making their own paths, and I am currently an outpatient counselor at a drug and alcohol rehab center, where we do expressive arts in group therapy. View all posts by genieearle

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