I have some homework I need to do for my Naturalist training that I am avoiding because of all the rain we’ve been having. I need to do a sit spot, but sitting still for even just 20 minutes is similar to yoga, and we all know how I feel about that. I also have to finish my Trail Head Talk, which I’m not completely worried about because I already know what I want to say, I just need to write it all down so I don’t forget the little details. But one thing I was asked to do that I got inspired to complete was a haiku. It didn’t have to be about the refuge, or being a naturalist. But of course, when inspired to do a haiku for a Naturalist training course, it’s bound to be nature related.
The haiku that inspired me was written by a friend from the refuge, Willem. Willem and I have worked together several times at the Wildlife Center (Visitor Center) and I have really come to respect the man for his dedication to the refuge. He’s not only a volunteer, but the Treasurer of the Friends of Tualatin River Wildlife Refuge, a huge commitment on his part that he does with a grand smile on his face. He shared his haiku with me and it literally brought tears to my eyes.
My husband and I are leaving for Whidbey Island in just over a week. Chris is getting anxious and impatient. Our experience in Beaverton/Oregon hasn’t been the most positive.
It wasn’t a great year, but it was a learning year. However, the closer I get to moving day, the more I begin to realize how much I’m going to miss the refuge. I’ve started writing my thoughts in a form of a good-bye letter to the refuge and the people I’ve met, and the thought of leaving this natural haven away from the chaos and turmoil makes me incredibly sad.
So, I have come up with two haikus that I feel demonstrate how I feel about the refuge and their mission to connect us all to nature and our wild side.
My mind full of doubt
I hear the woods calling me
My answer is yes