I can see your damp body print in silhouette on the bath towel, and the tooth marks you left on the tight cap of the new toothpaste tube. A couple of loose hairs lie tangled in the hairbrush. Damp feet mopped up the light rain of last night’s dust on the wood floors and apparently navigated around littered baby toys before turning left towards the what appears to be a nesting area... On hands and knees now, the light just right I see the subtle depressions of your feet on the carpet, the fibers slowly standing back to their usual upright position. Here, the tracks meet those of a much smaller creature. I see ghosts of small lips and handprints on the sliding glass mirror and in it’s reflection, a stuffed white rabbit, over-loved and re-restitched, wrapped in a blanket by small, uncoordinated fingers. Drips of drying milk lead back to a feeding area and the scattered remains of finger-painted oatmeal... still luke-warm. I trail the crumbs of cold pumpkin pie on the counter to the well-worn “one minute” button on the microwave which begins your morning ritual with a digital “beep.” I smell fresh coffee on a breeze from the west. Hot on the trail, I follow my intuition through a slightly swaying side door. No less conspicuous than a stick snapped in the wilderness silencing sparrows, I hear the hum of a clothes dryer stop with the creaking of its door. Slowly I stalk, fox walking, hawk-eyed, ears perked up like a deer, into the garage and- There I find you... throwing a warm soft towel, hot and fluffy from the dryer over our daughter’s head... our hysterically laughing coyote pup with those five-toed muddy tracks that grow too quickly. Funny that you should think it’s time for us to clean the house.
2 thoughts on “Tracking”
I love it Kevin! Nice to be reminded of our intuitive animal nature even in a “civilized” environment.
Thanks Sandhya… enjoy your weekend!