Friday, September 9, 2011

A Beastly Response to Irene

The Beasts really enjoyed Hurricane Irene at first. All that Water, all that Wind! All that Nature!!! 

But then they saw its effect on us Giants. (A/k/a "humans.")

And while Beasts love Nature in all its moods, they also love Others. (Even humans.) Many human "Giants" were devastated. And while Beasts don't get the whole idea of having "homes" (and they really don't get the idea of having "businesses"), they feel for those who had these things and then lost them in the flood.

It was hard to travel through the water and destruction for several days, but what the Beasts saw and heard shocked them.

Burlie knew he had to DO something. He had to HELP.

 Burlie set out for the devastated Catskills Region...and learned it wasn't just "Giants" who lost their homes. Some Magical Beings did, too.

Yolanta is a Being from an enchanted Caribbean Island. (She weathered many a hurricane there!) Yolanta is an herbalist; she moved to the Hudson Valley several years ago to learn about our flora. (She got fond of our fauna, too.)

Unlike Beasts, Beings sometimes have houses. Yolanta had one. HAD.


She shook her head in wonder.

When Burlie found her, of course he invited her to stay with us.

A place where Beasts and Beings and Giants all got along? She happily agreed!

"See," she said. "One path washes away, another one rises up." (As I said, she's been through hurricanes before.)


On the path to our home, she plied her craft.

"This weather...bad for houses, good for plants."

By the time they got home, she had quite a pharmacopeia.

She likes it here. 

(And we're delighted to have her.)


Beastly thoughts:

When all you own washes away, it's comforting to do what you love, and to be reminded of what you still have left: What you know, and what you are. 

(And what may be...)  

And while Nature is Bigger than even a Mighty Beast, a Beast can be a Mighty Big help.

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