Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Paws with a Cause with Maeve Greyson

Animals know best…

My grandmother always told me to watch the animals. “They always know when something is
about to happen,” she said. “And if you’re smart enough to listen, then you’ll know too.”

I remember her repeating that advice on several occasions when I stayed with her each summer.
Those weeks were my heaven on earth because in “Mammaw’s” eyes, I could do no wrong.

It was during one of those wonderful visits that Mother Nature decided to convince me that
Mammaw knew what she was talking about.

On that particular day of my lesson on how I should listen to my elders, I was deep in the woods
behind Mammaw’s house. My favorite pastime was pretending to be a treasure hunter exploring
undiscovered land.

Before I’d left the breakfast table that morning, Mammaw had said, “Don’t go far from the house
today. It’s gonna storm.”

While shoving the rest of my biscuit into my mouth, I glanced through the lace curtains of the
kitchen window. Clear blue sky and bright summer sun beckoned beyond the glass. “Why do
you think that?” I asked. “There aren’t any clouds.”

Mammaw pulled the curtains farther apart so I could see the henhouse and the chicken yard
higher up in the field. “Do you see any chickens this morning?” Mammaw nodded as she tied the
curtains back with a bit of faded ribbon. “They know a bad storm’s coming so they’re staying in
the coop where it’s safe.”

The small yard inside the rusted wire fence was completely deserted. Not a single plump white
hen was out scratching in the dirt or pecking at the vegetable scraps scattered inside the fence.

I was still skeptical. Pappaw had told me how stupid Mammaw’s chickens were but I wasn’t
about to get into the middle of that household feud.

So I agreed with her and promised to stay close as I let the back screen door slam shut behind
me. By the time I was knee deep in the creek a good ways from the house, both the chickens’ and
Mammaw’s storm warning were completely forgotten.

Well…the warnings were forgotten until growling thunder rumbled through the woods and the
metallic smell of rain filled the rising wind shushing through the trees.

By the time I’d wrapped all my creek rock treasures up in my shirttail, the grumbling thunder
had grown to ear-splitting clashes and the wind whipped at the trees until the dark green leaves
flashed silver in the downpour.

I slithered my way up the muddy creek bank and darted between the swaying trees. I hit the field
between the woods and the house at a dead run, dropping down into the waist high grasses every
time the lightning crackled across the clouds and the thunder drowned my screams.

By the time I splashed my way into the screened-in back porch and stood shivering in the center
of a growing puddle; Mammaw didn’t even look up from the pot she was stirring on the stove.
She just shook her head and said, “Someday you’ll learn to listen.”

So never forget. Animals always know.

Maeve Greyson:

No one has the power to shatter your dreams –unless you give it to them. That’s Maeve
Greyson’s mantra whenever her carefully laid out plans decide to take a detour. When she’s
home from the day job at the steel mill, Maeve writes fantasy and paranormal romances flavored
with a Celtic twist. Tucked away in a five acre wood just this side of Kentucky Lake, Maeve
listens to the wind singing in the trees and hears characters telling their stories. Her work is
proofed by her sharp-eyed dog, Jasper and her promotional manager is her long-suffering
husband of over thirty years who learned a long time ago not to throw away any sticky notes
filled with bits of conversation.

Find Maeve at these places on the web:

Amazon Author Page:

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1 comment:

Debby said...

Animals somehow know when earthquakes are coming as well.