We live in a rural town and seeing wild deer is not unusual. During hunting season, the deer are really on the move. It was on a cool fall day when Teresa and I were driving thru Middle Creek Wildlife Refuge in Stevens, Pennsylvania and we saw a lone doe standing right beside the road.
I eased our van to a stop just off the road and maybe 100 ft away from the younger looking female deer. She was looking right at us, ears focused on the van. Keep in mind every year this area is open to deer hunters. So its possible she knows to be on high alert for noises and people. It's calm as we look at each other.
Teresa is in the passenger seat fiddling with her phone. She obviously wants to take a picture the of deer so she is moving slowly. She has the camera app open and is holding the device in her right hand. Slowly and ever so smoothly; she puts her hand out the passenger side window and holds her smartphone in front of the windshield, ready to snap a perfect picture.
Nothing could go wrong, right ?
Teresa just loves talking to her phone and it follows her verbal commands. Nothing unusual there. And Teresa; my dear sweetheart, needs hearing aides and wouldn't you know it, the battery died in the one hearing aide. Bless her lovely heart ! But she was literally half deaf. No pun intended.
So; phone in front of windshield, perfect shot just waiting.....
Teresa shouts in a slightly elevated volume (She yelled ).....SHOOT !!!!! SHOOT ! DAMNIT SHOOT !
At the first sound of the word "shoot", that doe jumped 15 feet up and 20 feet forward across the small 2 lane road in a split second. She was gone like the wind. And now it dawns on my dear partner just what transpired.
I'm laughing and thinking that deer knew what the word "shoot" meant and took off like her life depended on it. And she yelled quite loudly. That deer was like poof, I'm out !! Gone . I can't breath I'm laughing so hard and Teresa is now yelling at me ! Not to mention the damn phone didn't take any picture until she sat back in the passenger seat. Yup, selfie of her finger inside the van after the fact.
I love you Teresa just the way you are ! Don't change a thing. 🥰🤗
Written by: Troy Lied
And is a verify able true story !