It would seem as if Hubby formed a relationship with a groundhog beginning a few weeks ago. Relationship is an odd term for me to use, for these two vied for victory with one another. Hubby was adamant that this groundhog would not be digging a hole in his pole barn foundation, and the groundhog on the other hand was insistent oh yes he was! For weeks these two tangled, and believe me it was anything but love between them.
Every day this groundhog would dig a hole in the pole barn foundation stone. This pole barn is Hubby’s pride and joy for he built it himself and protects it fiercely. Every hole that groundhog dug, Hubby would find and fill it back in with stones.
Yet it would seem, that groundhog was persistent. I myself could not believe the brass on this animal for it seemed as if nothing deterred him, even Hubby’s wild screaming and spraying the stone with ammonia. Pee-U! That poor groundhog must have had a burning nose and eyes yet still the persistent digging continued every day.
It got to be rather amusing to wake up, look out the kitchen window and inform Hubby um, Honey, there is another hole. In truth I was amazed that this groundhog did not give up nor did I understand why. I honestly thought he was just showing Hubby what he thought of the efforts displayed and was actually goading him on.
Yesterday I saw Hubby standing by our bushes and curious I went over to see what he was doing. He was staring at the groundhog who you guessed it again had dug another hole. Yet instead of running this animal’s body language strongly signaled he was guarding and was standing his ground. He was going nowhere. I just watched.
As soon as Hubby took a few steps toward the barn, the groundhog instead of running popped into the hole and turned around so that only his face was sticking out fiercely looking right at Hubby.
The reality hit me right there and then. This groundhog was not a he but rather a she and during the night not only had dug another hole but had given birth to babies. When I told Hubby what I knew to be true, his immediate response was how badly he felt for what he put Mama through. He didn’t know, I told him. He was only protecting his barn.
The look of both guilt and love on his face I wish I had a camera to capture with. I looked at Hubby and he at me and I said, “Hubby, we’re going to have baby groundhogs!” In that moment, we both felt so honored that Mama kept insisting to build her nest on our property. She just did not give up! She felt the love and peace here and knew she would be safe so with determination and grit she won. Yes she is raising a family right where she wanted … in Hubby’s pole barn foundation stone.
Now for some eye candy:
Photography/ “Another Sort Of Love Story” /June 2020©AmyRose
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