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Re: OT: dead toad

  • Subject: Re: OT: dead toad
  • From: Betty Ann Gunther <bettyg@cybermesa.com>
  • Date: Sat, 01 Nov 2008 18:52:50 -0600

Wonderful toad.  So sorry for your loss.  In the end all living 
creatures die.  It is always difficult to lose a loved one, even if 
he/she is a toad.  They do, indeed, tell us a great deal about the fates 
of all of us. 
                                                   Betty Gunther
Donald Eaves wrote:
> The toads have been such an integral part of my gardening experience here
> the last several seasons, it took at least three days for me to 
> realize this
> one would no longer be an active participant. Sitting on a flat stone
> located by the downspout of the roof's gutter system, he was in a 
> familiar
> hangout and seemed poised to grab a snack at the first opporunity. As the
> white achimenes bloom situated in front lost it's color and turned 
> brown, I
> noticed yesterday this fellow was also losing his heft. I asked if the
> cooler nights were inhibiting his meals and then realized that for 
> this one
> there were to be no further meals. I realize death is a natural part of
> being alive, albeit the last part. My observation is that it's usually a
> messier affair than this case. More like an unfortunate meeting with a 
> tire
> wheel or the smell of erwinia in an iris clump. I'd wondered initially if
> he'd been the victim of a copperhead or small rattlesnake, but I think 
> the
> serene stance indicates a natural end. There's a lot of dignity in the 
> last
> pose here. Should I go while out in the garden, I don't see myself
> maintaining that much dignity. I envision being head down and rump up in
> the iris beds when my protesting back has finally had enough and 
> really does
> kill me once and forever.
> Donald Eaves
> donald@eastland. net <mailto:donald%40eastland.net>
> Texas Zone 7b, USA
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