I Saw A Bear Today
I saw a bear today. Not exactly what I was hoping to see so I was disappointed. I had come here to see wolves. After a few moments I started to take in my surroundings and I realized if you chose, at any given moment you could clear the mere yards between us and explain this encounter was on your terms. I was a trespasser in your home. Instead you continued to graze and look for grubs. I saw strength, forgiveness and understanding.
I saw a bear today. I was standing by my car watching you, watching me. Your gaze was intense, unwavering. Then I heard the wrestling of brush behind me and within seconds a cub ran by. When I didn’t think my heart could take much more, when I realized it wasn’t me you were watching but your cubs, the second one came from behind me. I saw love, forgiveness, protectiveness and patience.
I saw a bear today. I watched as you spent over an hour searching for voles and grubs. I watched people crowd you and watched as you altered your direction to avoid them. I saw patience, forgiveness, strength, perseverance and a will to survive.
I saw a bear today. I watched as you carried your cub across a river too deep for her to swim. I watched as you played with her and taught her lessons. As she raced circles around you, causing you to stumble and stutter step; you reached out, grabbed her, pulled her close and sat on her. I giggled and laughed. I saw love, patience, intelligence and compassion.
I saw a bear today. This was one of the first days you were out on your own, alone, without your mom to guide and protect you. I wanted to cry and wished that I could hold you and tell you that you were going to be fine. I saw fear and worry.
I saw a bear today. You’re terrified and alone, so small, not sure which way to run or if you should hide. You’re calling for your mom but sadly she can’t answer, her heart is silent due to the selfishness of one. You’re hungry and worried about other big bears in the area but don’t want to leave where you last saw your mom. I see fear, grief and uncertainty.
I saw a bear today. You’ve never known fear like the fear you’ve known today. You heard an explosion and your cubs fall motionless. Your instinct told you to get to your cubs and protect them but your fear forced you away, to hide till it was safe. You call to your cubs but they can’t answer, their hearts are silent because of a lack of intelligence, compassion, courage and selfishness of one. I see love, grief, concern and uncertainty.
I saw a bear today. I ask for your forgiveness. I’m so sorry that some “humans” are unable to share the same compassion and understanding you have shared with me. I’m sorry that they lack the intelligence to see that you are not much different from humans; that you hunt to provide food for your family, that you protect your children at the utmost cost, that you experience fear and love. And most importantly………………..you grieve.
“Forgive them Father…………they know not what they do.”