I was just looking over some posts I’d written but hadn’t put up on the blog yet. I came across this one and realized once again why I hadn’t posted it! Then I thought, oh well, whatever! Besides, I’ve got a couple of cute pictures I want to share with you! I wrote this on July 6, 2010.


Les and I are in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is absolutely beautiful! We flew in to Atlanta almost two weeks ago and drove to where we are staying, enjoying the views all the way. As we were approaching our friends’ home, four deer crossed the road in front of us: a buck in velvet, two doe and a fawn, still sporting spots! They were darling! Deer here are quite a bit smaller than the ones in the Midwest, but that just makes them even more adorable!

I commented to Les how their tails are so cute, quickly flicking from one side to the next. My mind flits that way frequently and it did so just then. One thought led to another and before I knew it I’d made the discovery (with Les’ help) that tails aren’t just for swishing and looking cute. As a matter of fact, they aren’t for that purpose at all!

Call me stupid, that’s OK. I can handle it, but it had never occurred to me, EVER. I knew tails are for swatting flies away, I got that. I had never been inquisitive as to why the flies were there in the first place! So that’s why deer, horses, cows, bulls, hippos . . . all have tails! They have poopy, stinky bums! Flies are attracted to stinky things, hence the need for tails! Ohhhhhh! Who knew?!

Les and I are on sabbatical, and as always, it’s a delight if we come home with a revelation of some kind. Unfortunately this is not exactly the kind of discovery I was anticipating! It did provide several minutes of hysterical laughter from both of us, and laughing with my best friend is one of my favorite things to do, tails or no tails!

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5 Responses to “tails”

  1. Barbara Vierk Says:

    This was delightful. So glad you decided to post it.

  2. Stephanie McConachie Says:

    O.K. I didn’t cry this time, but it did make me smile. You really inspire me. Why? Because you’re not afraid to share your experiences…even the silly ones. Thank you. I’m sure it will help those of us that tend to take ourselves far too serious lighten up a bit! 🙂

  3. Tracy Says:

    LOVE this post, and I laughed too.

  4. Ren Says:

    If it helps, they also flash their tails to warn others of danger.. Your ‘revelation’ is way funnier 🙂

  5. Jennifer Says:

    Thanks kris, once again you made me laugh. What a way to start out the day.

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