It’s been quite a weekend!

Only way to describe it was to create a neologism:
… one word combining two words.
serendipity (serend <ipity>)
… “a pleasant surprise”
co-incidence (<co-in> incidence)
… “accidental events that might have been arranged but weren’t”)

It began yesterday when I went to the shed to get the compressor
to put air into the utility trailer so garden branches etc. could be taken to the recycling depot.

Opened the shed and heard a “twittering” sound
… a bird had somehow become trapped inside the shed.

But it wasn’t a bird.
It was Mama Raccoon.

I checked the shed again
and she was still there
… menacing, ready to strike.

“Babies – she’s protecting her babies” I thought.
Leaving the door open
I hoped she’d make her way out with her babies.
No such luck.

I want to get rid of them
… humanely
so I googled, posted on FB, made phone calls
and learned a lot (!) about raccoons
and how to get rid of them:
… leave door open
… put bright light inside
… play talk-radio (they don’t like human voices)
… “disturb” their “den”

Last night
… shed door was left open
… talk-radio was played
but shoulder injury meant I couldn’t hang the light
or move things out of the shed to disturb the “den.”

And then co-incidences:
… I left my scarf in church this morning
… a friend came by to drop it off
… I told her about the raccoons in the shed
… and that I couldn’t hang the light because of the shoulder injury.

Before heading home
she noticed a neighbour unloading his car
told him about the situation
and then serendipity
… he hung the light
… emptied the shed and cardboard that Mama Raccoon had used as a nest for her kits.

If the co-incidences hadn’t happened
I’d not have had the serendipitous pleasant happening of
Mama and the Kits leaving.

They’re gone!

And I’d never have had the fun of creating a neologism


Photo & Text © June Maffin

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