I've decided to make that post more visible by creating a type list for popular posts. If you have a nominee for a popular post, let me know. My all-time most popular post is that which contains the string "Odysseus Rescuer," which happens to be an occasional NYT Crossword clue. The answer is I-N-O.
And speaking of animals, this morning when I went outside to put the garbage and recycling on the curb, I was greeted by a curious little opossum, perched in the bare branches of a tree just off my back deck.
It was grayish-white, with those inkspot eyes and thin line of a mouth. Its tail hung halfway down to the next branch, and as I retraced my steps to the back door, its eyes followed my progress, but betrayed no fear whatsoever.
"I know," I told it, "Life is hard for a marsupial."
The possum seemed to be so knowing, and calm, that my superstitious side was inspired, and I looked up on the web what it might mean to encounter an opossum familiar.
This is what I found:
You and your friend are being asked to use strategy in some present situation. Rely upon your instincts for the best way out of a tight corner. If you have to pretend to be apathetic or afraid, do it! Oftentimes if you refuse to struggle or show that hurtful words bother you, your taunter will see no further fun in the game. Opossum may be relaying to you that you are to expect the unexpected and be clever in achieving your victory. Opossum is beckoning you to use your brain, your sense of drama, and surprise - to leap over some barrier to your progress. Just be aware of your surroundings and stay on your toes.
Seems strangely appropriate just about now. And I thank my brother opossum for the message.
Click here to read a beautiful post from someone who also talks to animals.