Yesterday as we were preparing for lunch, Ben looked out the third story window of our temporary housing and shouted, “Oh look! A bear!” Nobody immediately paid any attention to him.
We have seen all kinds of wildlife out these windows – deer, turkey, cardinals, blue jays, our resident groundhogs “Dandelion” and “Clover”, squirrels, vultures, and woodpeckers. Ben has even shouted “Look a bear!” before, just to tease the kids. So this time, everyone just assumed Daddy was teasing again.
But his shouts did not give way to a “just teasing”, instead he insisted, “No – seriously. There is a bear! I’m not joking!” This brought the rest of us rushing to the windows to see a black bear – a real, live bear – lumbering across the field below our house, checking the trash can for food, and disappearing into the woods. We even hollered at him to get his attention and try to slow him down. He did turn to look at us.
I took these pictures through the window, and zoomed out a lot, so some of them are not super-clear. I was also getting elbowed a lot by excited kiddos. But you can tell he’s a bear!