tags: Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto, David Robson, groundhog, Pregnancy and Ashtanga Yoga, toronto wildlife centre
Waiting for the light to change at Eglinton and Bayview last Thursday, we were talking about scheduling at AYCT when David suddenly yelled, “Noooo!” and leapt out of the car.
A small brown head was poking out from underneath the mini-van in front of us. David’s movement caused it to run under the mini-van beside us. As the light turned green, the van moved. Positioned perfectly in between the wheels, the receding bumper revealed a large fuzzy groundhog, looking anxiously around. He darted back towards the Metro parking lot. David got attitude for stopping traffic from a man driving a big white pick-up.
The city hotline robot for animal control directed me to call for a private company to remove the wildlife pest that might be destroying my property, or to call the Toronto Wildlife Centre or the Toronto Humane Society. The THS has been defunct for several months now, I mean you only have to be barely conscious to know that. I’m surprised the hotline robot hasn’t been informed.
So, I called the Toronto Wildlife Centre. The answering machine promised that someone would call me back in an hour.
TWC: So, was the groundhog injured?
S: No, not really. Confused, maybe. But it was just hanging out in a Metro parking lot.
TWC: Well, I see there is a park at that intersection.
S: Yes, diagonally across from the parking lot there is a school football field.
TWC: We only have one staff member, so we can’t really send anyone out to check.
S: OK. I understand. I just thought I should call.
TWC: Please do call if you see a SICK or INJURED animal.
OK. I am a little animal crazy, but I do understand that there isn’t a charity devoted to escorting animals back and forth across the street. However, it does seem to me that waiting an hour to return an emergency call about an injured wild animal or a wild animal that is about to harm you, might not be terribly effective. I guess you would really only need one staff member to clean up the mess.
Eglinton and Bayview is such a hideous intersection – an enormous McDonald’s on one corner right across from a little strip mall and kitty corner to a large parking lot. We pass by these ugly spaces everyday in our ugly little car. I’m not sure why our culture is so bent on making everything look awful and grey. I know it is his home too, but the groundhog looked so beautiful, so strange and out of place under the dirty light blue mini-van.
The next day we looked for signs of the groundhog as we drove by in our dusty little car, and we talked about him spending the night in the Metro parking lot. But there was no trace of him, just the parking lot, the McDonald’s, the strip mall, and all the cars big and small carrying people to work. And we kept on driving too.
Today I added on Laghu vajrasana again. David practically needed a forklift to haul me up again.
D: I think it has been too long. You might have waited a little too long to start this again.
D: What do you want to do? Stretch your front, or strengthen your legs?
S: I want to do Kapotasana.
D: (choking slightly) Umm. Well. I think that might be an intense stretch for you right now. I mean, just because you are almost due and you haven’t really done it in a few months.
My mom always says I was born sarcastic. But I think I was born stubborn.