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PePe Le Pew
A skunk story
Truth, no two skunk encounter stories are alike, but they’re amusing; I’ve heard exciting stories, and mine joins the ranks!
My story begins with a day of pondering my many meetings with Pepe Le Pew! Over time, I had a regular rendezvous with tiny black and white, Pepe Le Pew’s, and I mean skunks!
These experiences made me think of how the Indian culture associates a spirit animal with a person, for example, the name “Running Bear,” given to a fast-moving boy. So, I wondered, could my connection to skunks be purposeful, was my spirit guide the skunk, was I to become the official “Skunk Mama!”
My meetings with skunks became an ongoing joke. Finally, these encounters were so regular that one evening when the mom-mobile traveled to youth activities. A funny prank unfolded with stellar performances by my carload of teens.
As we drove along, engaging in random conversation, we came upon roadkill, and it was a skunk. I recognize the pungent odor with immediate reaction. The wild animal experience became a repeated offense of regular occurrence for this Mama. I regard the circumstance with confusion. Do I attract these little creatures, curious as I attempt to put meaning or theory to the frequent happenings.
I recall commenting on the kids, “oh my, can you affirm my nightmare? It’s another skunk! ‘Whew,’ my spirit name must be Skunk Mama!” I was choking and laughing; wow that stinks, and is so potent my eyes are watering!
I get excited in the vehicle as I am experiencing actual discomfort; I want to go through a tomato juice car wash with the windows wide open. The kids are saying, “what skunk, we don’t smell a skunk,” as I ponder to myself, how are they numb to the stench! That is impossible_
They acted super serious, as if unaffected by the odor. And I’m losing it! Looking back, these teens were impressive because no one broke with the slightest hint of the attack.
Although the aroma is reaching a point of horror, at least for me, they don’t notice! It never occurs to me that they are pranking mom! Instead, these brilliant kids text one another in the back seat, telling one another not to react to the stench, and swore themselves to secrecy.
Beyond confused, I take a few more whiffs. Finally, I give up, deciding to save my energy and hold my breath, limiting my exposure to the overpowering grotesque scent.
After a few days, my youngest comes clean, admitting the skunk stunk. My son’s sheepish grin was super cute as he relayed the prank! He said, “Geez, Mom, that was tough; we thought it died in the car.” but he continued with giggles, “seeing your reaction and comedy act made it worth it for us to hold our breath and pretend you imagined it in your head.”
Later, my son and I laughed at the conniving scheme. They enjoyed their got you moment. I love the little things that amuse my teenagers. Parents, we offer them free entertainment.
One, Two, Three, Four, How Many More
A Skunky Moment Can Turn in a Smile
Fast forward to a day out on the main road. As I neared my destination, there’s not one, not two, but three, count them, three skunks squished in front of me! I became sad, as I wondered, is it a mama, a dad, a bunch of teens? My next thought is, what is the reason skunks appear so often in my day.
On this crisp morning, I was weary. I was heading to the hospital for a regularly scheduled treatment. Though tricky, this trip has become my routine, as I am no exception to struggle, but I bounce.
Once I began my treatment, a young woman came into the infusion suite. She looked overwhelmed, trying to hold it together with her husband by her side. Finally, she sat in the chair next to mine and cried.
We’ve had similar news ourselves and understand the genuine need to release the pain. However, I wanted to give them privacy as they had received a grave report. The information is not always devastating, but slight changes can overwhelm. Imagine a tsunami without a minute to brace yourself.
Their pain was palpable as a witness, so I placed my headset on and turned it way up, trying to tune out the brokenness and the nervous energy. The quiet allowed me to enter a zone for a while as my medication dripped.
In quiet, I take in the scenes of the infusion suite—compassion from staff and blank stares on the faces of many.
My heart experiences actual pain for those new to this trauma. Not that I don’t have hurts; it’s just not my first rodeo. My family and I have learned to express, release, regroup, and enjoy the moments in between the storms.
These moments are important because, in reality, they’re what we have. Life happens with constant waves. We experience the calm and high seas. Relax in gentle still waters, knowing a ripple can mess with our balance. The higher the tide, the more interesting the ride. We can always consider the roses when in the skunk funk.
When the young woman woke from her brief nap an hour later, the nurse asked her if okay. She looked dazed but answered, “Well, yes, I am trying.”
I remember those early days of dealing with illness. I now see how amazing each wave has changed the lives of my family and myself. Teaching us to swim together, float in peace, and hold tight to normalcy, even on the skunk days.
The woman gathers her things to go. I tell her, God has us covered.”
Then it happened. The frailty has gone the gorgeous smile back! There were no skunks, no foul odors, only hope.
New International Version (NIV)
9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Before The Morning ~ Josh Wison
A little Bit About Skunks ~
Attaching a few points, I found on a site about skunks.
From The Manataka Indian Council By Takatoka
KOLICHIYAW: Hopi name means "skunk."
Skunk (skngk) Any of several small, primarily carnivorous New World mammals of the genus Mephitis and related genera, having a bushy tail and black fur with white markings and ejecting a foul-smelling oily liquid from glands near the anus when frightened or in danger — also called polecat.
SKUNKS have always been respected and feared. When threatened, the skunk raises its bushy tail, stamps its feet, stiffens its legs, and the hair on the body lifts, and it hisses like a cat. If these tactics do not frighten the invader, the skunk turns its rump and sprays with accuracy. This disgusting musk liquid irritates the eyes, temporarily blocks vision, and stuns other senses of its victim, such as smell and touch.
The SKUNK teaches us to take heed when a warning presents itself. When our instincts tell us danger is facing us, don't allow the brain to get in the way. Instead, follow our senses and take appropriate steps to move in another direction. If we respect the instinctual part of our being, we can avoid problems before they develop.
Those with the skunk as their animal totem are naturally buoyant; they go through life with a calm assurance and exude the peaceful energy beautiful to others.
Ahhh the skunk
To Conclude The Skunk is Amazing
The Indian Cultures share information about different animals. I want to honor God's creature, the beautiful skunk.
What is the worth of a skunk? Why did God create a Skunk, and why did God keep putting Skunks in my path? Now I know a skunk is one of God's most precious creatures. He is defensive of young, and he is fearful of nothing as he is armed. He is naturally buoyant and goes through life in calm assurance.
God reminds us, we are armed! We have the assurance of His promises, and even skunky days can be pretty beautiful. Good or wrong, in the reality of the skunky day, God uses every moment. So keep your eyes and ears open for reminders, even on the most challenging day. He can speak the loudest.
I hope you don't have too many skunk days, but if you do, I pray you are naturally buoyant as you feel the presence of God your Father protecting you, and He is ready to spray anyone or anything that gets in your way if you trust and have faith in Him.
PePe Le Pew ~ Gotta Love Em
© 2012 Kathy Henderson
Kathy Henderson (author) from Pa on September 28, 2014:
Au Fait, point taken I have learned one more thing about this interesting animal, thanks for sharing, loved your comment ~ blessings to you
C E Clark from North Texas on September 28, 2014:
Dead skunks are everywhere on and beside our roads here in North Texas in the spring. There are a few all year, but spring seems to be the worst. They are most active during their mating season and that starts in February here.
Male skunks play no part in raising the young and mate with every female that will have them. So where you say "He is defensive of young . . ." in that part you are incorrect. The male does nothing at all to defend the young offspring. Skunks are loners aside from mating season.
The animals that are currently vicious, nasty, ugly, and smelly, were not like that before Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit. Hopefully when the war of good and evil is settled once and for all, these animals will go back to being as God created them.
Interesting viewpoint. Thanks for sharing!
Kathy Henderson (author) from Pa on March 23, 2012:
Made me smile today :)
Rolly A Chabot from Alberta Canada on March 23, 2012:
Great read by a wonderful writer who has done all her homework. Voted up and across the borad. I had a dog once that could find a skunk no matter where she was. I laugh now but at the time she was impossible...
Hugs from Canada
Kathy Henderson (author) from Pa on March 21, 2012:
Thanks Bob ~
I learned something new in your comment ~ no idea they had poor eyesight. I suppose this could explain why so many have been on the roads in a rather non-movement state. I also believe the gentle soul that would place a blanket and take them to safety is very brave and seriously kind. I have heard they can make wonderful pets Hmmmmm that could be interesting:)
thanks again for the comment ~ Continued Blessing to you :)
Civil War Bob from Glenside, Pennsylvania on March 21, 2012:
Great hub, TSOM...voted up, useful, beautiful, funny, and interesting. Fortunately, skunks have poor eyesight; which benefits the human who has to drop a blanket over the Have A Heart Trap to haul them to a skunk friendly place. Boy, talk about raising one's heartbeat!! Grace and peace to you.
Wesman Todd Shaw from Kaufman, Texas on February 19, 2012:
I've no idea what was going on...but there was one particular Spring about ten years ago where there were just skunks EVERYWHERE it seemed. I mean...you'd either see one constantly, or smell one.
Recently though....I've only been smelling them from time to time. I haven't seen a skunk in over a year.
glmclendon on February 07, 2012:
You really did a good job with this HUB. I thought it was very good. Keep up the good work!
Kathy Henderson (author) from Pa on February 07, 2012:
You made me tear up ~ thank you for the lovely comment. I know great things are coming your way through your gift of writing. I am so blessed in my life and for this I give all the glory to God. I have many blessings and you and yours are among them:)
OriginBookSeries on February 07, 2012:
Based on the information you shared from the Manataka, I find that you tend to be naturally bouyant. You are an inspiration to my wife Lora, because you are living life the best that you can, with a smile on your face (most of the time...haha!) and God in your heart.
The best thing about this hub, I think anyway, is the positive impact you have on everyone around you. This includes your own teens and their friends. It is a testament to who you really are, "Skunk Mama"! I know you are loved and respected.
Thank you for writing this, it has made me smile today...
Kathy Henderson (author) from Pa on February 05, 2012:
Thank you ~ Have a wonderful Day
glmclendon on February 05, 2012:
Great writing. You are good K eep up the good work. We all enjoy.
Kathy Henderson (author) from Pa on February 03, 2012:
Thanks so much Blossom and Deborah ~ I love writing lately it just flows form the heart ~ God has so given me comfort in writing these past few months and I so enjoy reading and learning through the work of fellow authors ~ God Bless and have a wonderful weekend:)
Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on February 03, 2012:
What a beautiful hub! Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, but altogether shining out with trust and faith in our wonderful Creator.
Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on February 03, 2012:
Great hub. I remember the skunk on the cartoons.. and he would court and female skunk.. so funny. I never knew they smelled so bad till I moved to the country.. LOL.. love the bible verse.