What IS That?
#WildThing #GrowlingTire #CountryLiving #EyesOpen #Awareness #MysteriousSound #Lesson #Learn #Nature
|by SHAWN TRAUTMAN|
“Grrrrrrrrrrrrr” – that’s the sound that made me jump as I walked past my left rear tire.
“WTF was that?” I thought.
I walked by again, the same growl-like noise.
We’ve had a stray cat hanging around recently, so it’s possible I was a bit too close.
I start my truck and let it run for about 5 minutes.
I walk all around. It’s like playing duck, duck, goose, except it’s nothing, nothing, nothing, growl and then nothing, nothing, nothing, growl.
I look in the back of the truck. Nothing.
I look inside the wheel well.
I look under the truck.
I walk by from the right, growl.
I walk by from the left, growl.
I lay down on the driveway behind the truck, Joanna walks out… “are you okay?”
Clearly, there’s not a good way to answer that question right now if you know me.
“Um, come here… walk by the first tire and listen” I say.
She does. She jumps. She’s puzzled. She goes inside and gets the girls.
They come out. They walk by. They jump. They look. They’re puzzled.
“It’s gotta’ be that cat” we say.
We try calling it, but it doesn’t come out.
We tried playing our coyote howler, but it doesn’t come out.
We put cat food in a dish back behind the wheel, but it doesn’t come out.
5 minutes. 10 minutes. 15 minutes.
We walk by again. Growl. Clear as day.
Paxton goes and gets a flashlight and shines everywhere he can see.
He kicks the tire.
Nothing, but a growl.
At this point, we’ve all talked and are aware of the potential dangers.
“It’s either a cat, a possum, a skunk, or a groundhog” I conclude.
Then, I tell Paxton to get in the truck bed and see if he can scare it out.
Share This Article
You are it. You’re the one that can make it happen. Not me. Not them. Not some stranger. Not us. You. A team of one.
“I don’t know if she understood, dad” says my daughter. “And, why do you do that to people?” I pondered this for only a few seconds before answering and then my answer was clear…
When most people think of branding, they think of colors and logos. Branding is the core essence of your existence. It’s what your brand represents. It’s what your brand conveys. It’s the imagination your brand ignites. It’s the experience and feelings and atmosphere. It’s the floors, tables, dust, and lighting. It’s the menu & word choices, the food, the speed, and the smile that comes with it. It’s the bathrooms and the soap and the garbage and the type of toilet paper. It’s the system that works to remind you that you’re there for a reason. It’s what gets you to talk about it over and over and over.
What would life look like if we had an internal check engine light that others could see? What does this mean and is it possible that we’re heading in this direction?