by Sangeeta Guha
(Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
I met this cute friend in a Raspberry field in Timmins.
On a drill shut-down day, we, our crew members, went out for picking up berries (raspberry and blue berry) in the forest, driving our big noisy truck on a dusty logging road.
We stopped by a raspberry field in the middle of the forest—a raspberry field full of red wild ripped Raspberries.
Amazing, God has given us so much to live happily in his world. I was engrossed looking at the berries and I didn't notice that big Bear standing near by. He was very close eating berries in the midst of the bushes, a big black bear with his long, black, soft, silky hair was silver shining, reflecting bright sun light, as if he just took a fresh bath.
It was close, I could even read his face; he was staring at us with no intention of harming, just gazing, rolling big round eyes, straightened one ear, curiously turned his head a little as if asking, "Why are you here, it's my lunch time it's my field—you crazy humans can dare to encroach anywhere!"
I was looking at him, not scared, He stared at us for a while, then turned back and walked away slowly fading from our sight but his face got imprinted in my mind.
I was still looking at him, we picked up plenty that day, a bag full of raspberry on the way back to our camp. I was thinking Dear friend, we intruded upon your world, dragged you out of your field, snatched your meal and you went home hungry but you didn’t try to attack us, not even a mere hint of anger, rather you welcomed us in your territory, treated us as your guests, you let us enjoy your berries—so kind, so gentle, you sacrificed your food for us.
Thanks Buddy, you gave us not only your delicious berries but also a good message, Give fully, Share unconditionally.
Curious, Big Black Bear, 15”x11” Charcoal Sketching, May, 2012.