by T.D. Harris
Living around Deltaville is a bit like stepping back into a time of innocence. Two little girls walking home from the pool, skipping and swinging their towels with an occasional twirl. Another day, two young boys were sighted walking with fishing poles. While kayaking on Jackson Creek this week, we were entertained by a couple of teenagers on their boat listening and singing to rap music. It would be great to see more young people enjoying the freedom Deltaville offers.
The osprey chicks have learned to fly and fish. While showing off for each other they barely miss tree limbs and boat mast. There are times when it would be nice if they could do it without screeching. The adult ospreys are never far away.
It is a spiritual experience to be in nature the way we live around Deltaville. Trees have their own time and unfortunately the maple tree that shades our deck has timed out. Between trying to live with little water and being trimmed by the tree trimmers that come by every now and then and butcher it to keep it off the wires, the tree has to be felled. There goes the shade, but Chris Haas came up with a quick solution. He made a sail-type cover out of material from Australia that blocks the sun’s rays, but not the light or air. It comes in several different colors but green is what one expects for shade, so that was chosen and it works. It is attached to the house. Chris has promised that should a hurricane be expected he will appear to help take it down. Chris and his partner, Chuck Morris, are owners of C2 Custom Canvas.
It is amazing how many people listen to the scanner and appear at the site of an accident at 6 a.m. Not a mile from our home, Theresa swerved to avoid a fawn and ended up in Farmer Crittenden’s corn field with the truck on its side. A man on his way to the marina stopped and helped me get her belongings out of the truck and left when the firemen and rescue squad arrived. Pick-up trucks arrived with people willing to help or just to be there. While rescuer Bob Cerullo was strapping Theresa on the gurney, he said, “Mention that we practiced a drowning in the pool this week.”
It was nice to be able to thank them personally and a reminder to send a check to both the rescue squad and fire department. They are all volunteers. They give of themselves. It is not always a pleasant experience for them. The end of the story is Theresa is fine, thanks to her seat belt, and we are getting another truck. Theresa says the deer were lined up on both sides of Jackson Creek Road when she went to work Monday, as if to thank her.
Friends for Life, an organization to help dogs (and cats), has taken off. Contributions are coming in and it is exciting to be part of something positive to help dogs (and cats) around Deltaville, which in this case takes in all of Middlesex County. For $5 you can join and be part of feeding or paying for vet care for a dog at the Middlesex Animal Shelter. The group meets the second Tuesday of the month at Virginia Street Café in Urbanna for lunch. The hope is to get 1,000 members. Checks can be made out and mailed to Friends for Life, P.O. Box 488, Urbanna, VA 23175.
The Middlesex Animal Shelter will have an open house Saturday, September 14, from noon-3 p.m. and the Friends for Life will be there.
“The man who lives by himself and for himself is likely to be corrupted by the company he keeps.” —Charles H. Parkhurst