John Doe Where Have You Gone?

One day last week I had a visitor again. He’s been here 3 or 4 times now, so I decided he needed to have a name.
Now, as you know, naming something is serious business. After all, that name will hang on for the rest of its life and you want to be sure to choose a name that will not cause embarrassment or grief to its owner. So I gave it serious thought – Henry, maybe? Or Horace? Maybe Albert? No, none of those seemed appropriate. Then it came to me! John Doe! Yes! With a little “tee hee”, of course. I thought myself very clever.

John came, he looked around,
he saw, he indulged.
The table had been set for the squirrels and the birds, but John was most welcome to join us. As long as he doesn’t indulge himself on my flowers this summer, of course.
He stayed for quite awhile, posing prettily for me. He was allowed to stay for awhile this visit because the big furry girls were napping and were unaware we had a guest. I’m quite sure they would not view John as an acceptable visitor, but sometimes I do not tell them everything I know.
John had his fill and ambled off in a leisurely fashion.
I’m sitting in my warm, dry home on this rainy day, wondering what John and his counterparts are doing on this day. Do they mind getting wet? Do they find shelter under trees and in the scrub to stay comfortable?

I have not seen him since that day. I wonder – has he taken offense at my choice of a name for him? Perhaps he doesn’t see the humor that I saw in that choice. Perhaps he’s sensitive about his masculinity. Or maybe he has decided my table is not his favorite and has found somewhere that offers preferred delicacies.

John Doe, where have you gone?

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I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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11 Responses to John Doe Where Have You Gone?

  1. Carol — How neat to have such an up-close-and-personal observation of JOHN DOE. Great name and photographs!


  2. Cee Neuner says:

    Such delightful photos and story. I think John Doe fits rather nicely…maybe you should have gone with John Deere.


  3. Karma says:

    Adorable post. Made me think of one of my favorites from TS Eliot : the naming of cats is a serious matter; you may think me at first as mad as a hatter when I tell you a cat must have 3 different names! 😉


  4. orples says:

    Not to burst your bubble, Carol, but John looks like a buck to me.

    When summer rolls around, use the hair from your brushes to keep John out of your flowers. I’ve ready that the smell of ‘human’s is a wonderful repellant for many types of animals.


    • Carol says:

      Orples, that is precisely why the tee hee and why I worried I might have offended his masculinity. Over the past few weeks we have had several does in the yard, but he is the only buck I’ve seen, and he seems to be a loner.


  5. jay53 says:

    Oh, he’s very pretty, isn’t he? So nice of him to pose for you!


  6. Robin says:

    lol! I love that name. You got some wonderful shots of him. 🙂


  7. Lisa says:

    Very cute post! Saw it on Facebook but didn’t have time to comment. I’m sure he’ll be back someday….probably with a wee one tagging along behind! We literally have a deer run through our back yard and it’s not uncommon to see herds of does in the spring roaming through the yard….until the dogs figure out they are there!


  8. Great name, Carol. Made me laugh out loud!


  9. Jayne says:

    What a beauty … or maybe I should say ‘what a handsome lad’! I know deer can be a nuisance to gardeners but as the most exotic creature around here are occasional pheasants, I find the thought of having this kind of wildlife just wandering by very exciting. 🙂


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