Not surprisingly, it did not take FD long to find a name for our new doe fawn. The week before Emma’s arrival we drove to Wichita Kansas to meet my sister Jules. Wichita is more or less the halfway point between Jules’ home in Nebraska and our home in Oklahoma. She was bringing sixteen-year-old Emily to spend a week on Ten-Acre Ranch. Emily and her brother Sid had spent a week with us between Christmas and the New Year this past winter, with Emily declaring she would return again after school ended. Sid wanted to as well, but his baseball schedule and mowing job had him hooked up after school let out for the summer. Emily’s softball games did not start until late in May, but she did have to request time off from her job at Starbucks and even had to put helicopter flying off for the week. There were plenty of things for Emily stay busy with back in Nebraska, like tending to her vegetable garden, or practicing for a tryout to attend the Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in NYC again next year. But instead, she chose to come to Oklahoma to spend a week with her Uncle and Auntie. And we are so glad she did.
The entire week Emily was here, she experienced everything she set out to, and maybe more. For one, we cooked and baked together. Emily’s specialty (not surprisingly) is desserts! And she really enjoyed eating what she baked! Though we hoped Daisy would deliver her fawns while Emily was with us, the timing was, unfortunately, about a week off. Daisy did come around a few times though, and let Emily pet her and feel her giant belly. Emily also got to observe the cows and calves grazing in the pecan grove. Many evenings, Emily and I were able to watch the mama fox hunt in the pasture, while her four kits played chase in my mother-in-law’s back yard. Our orphaned squirrels Punkin and Buddy came to beg pecans each morning, and Em was able to feed them. She also made time to pet and give attention to our three, aging Japanese Chin dogs. Emily’s loving heart even won over Mr. T, who is afraid of everyone! And for two days, Emily helped us with a major tree-trimming project to prepare for the installation of our outdoor storm shelter. She also assisted me in weeding the garden. Her hard work won her a day of shopping and, on her last evening with us, we took her for her first formal dinner at a fine French restaurant in the Norman area.
So far Emma’s character seems to be much like that of her namesake, Emily. Both are beautiful, confident and inquisitive. Both are preparing to venture to wide open spaces in life. Instinct will guide them and resilience and gumption will see them through. And I am the lucky mama and auntie to know them both, and take part in watching them flourish in life!
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