A: Animal Speak (AN)

I look out of the window and stare at the creatures that abound before me. If I only I could communicate with them. If I could only become one of them. To be able to soar through the air and view all the things below me. To be able to run through fields and play hide and seek with the world. To be able to jump and climb any tree and leap from branch to branch. Oh the tales I could tell.

And what do they think? Do they wish they could be me. To live protected within the walls of my house? To feel safe from the ravages that nature and predators bring? I can only guess.

Of course wanting to communicate with all of our natural world doesn’t stop me from believing that all these critters can’t understand me. As I walk through the streets and fields I never stop talking to all that I see. I am less likely to talk to a human that I’m passing than I am to an animal. Others seeing me think that I’m talking to myself, but if they look carefully they will notice that somewhere nearby there is another non-human being.

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Telling “The Goose that laid the golden egg” .

When I’m with other people and we see a bird or animal doing something interesting I am very free to interpret for my fellow travelers what exactly that creature is saying or thinking.

I’ve never been good at learning languages. I’m still trying to learn French so I can speak with my brother. In years past I’ve tried learning sign language, which I can do at a very basic level. But as a translator for animal speak, I seem to do pretty well. Who’s going to say I’m wrong? They would have to know animal speak also.

Talking to animals, becoming those animals, is a way for me to voice my thoughts, expectations and relieve some of the stresses in my life. It calms me down. So I continue to look out of the window and stare. 

About hdh

I have been telling stories for over 35 years. As a retired teacher, I hope to expand upon my repertoire and use this blog as a place to do writing. The main purpose is to give me and others that choose to comment, a space in which to play with issues that deal with storytelling, storytelling ideas, storytelling in education, reactions to events, etc. I will also explore some of my own writing, from character analysis to fictional and personal stories. Enjoy!
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7 Responses to A: Animal Speak (AN)

  1. Karyn Good says:

    What a delightful way to seek contentment! I hope many friends cross your path today!

  2. Stuart Nager says:

    Ah, wish I knew you when my dog was still around. I’d like to know his reasons for chewing up my things when my parents had much nicer things to chew up. 🙂

  3. Tarkabarka says:

    Maybe this is why there are so many folktales about talking to animals 🙂 That is one power people have wished for for a long time…
    Happy A to Z! 🙂

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    The Multicolored Diary
    MopDog

  4. Pat Garcia says:

    You know one of the best languages is learning how to commune with nature and you have learned that. So many people are totally unaware of the animals, trees, flowers and all of nature that surrounds us.
    I have enjoyed your article. Keep up the good work with the French. Even though it seems as if you understand very little, it is when you visit the country that you learn how much you have progressed.

    Shalom,
    Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

  5. Pat Garcia says:

    Hello,
    I just left you a long comment on your letter A.
    For some reason, it disappeared. I will look again later to see if you received it.
    Shalom,
    Patricia @EverythingMustChange

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