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Passing by my window

June 30, 2008 - Jennifer Houtman
My recent appointment as publisher/editor of the newspaper means I have a new office - one with a window.

Anyone who has visited the Marietta Times newsroom knows it's unique in that there are no windows. In fact, there aren't many windows in this building, period. So I feel lucky to have it.

There's a lot of wildlife outside this window, including a mother deer and two fawns who pass by almost daily.

Today, the fawns were walking slightly ahead of their mother, one of the fawns walks with a pronounced limp, but that doesn't seem to slow it down. The mother came along more slowly, pausing to eat some of the flowers that grow naturally on the bank.

When this young family comes by, it always draws a crowd. Some of the people who work at the Times refer to the fawns as 'the twins.' They like to gather at the window next to mine in the reception area and observe the deer. The deer just stare back at them, seeming to care less that they've drawn such curiosity.

I know that from time to time the deer population in Marietta has been the topic of some controversy. Many homeowners don't like the damage deer can do to landscaping and gardens.

That concern certainly is valid. Still, I like this part of the day. When the deer pass by, all of us take a moment to stop and appreciate the beauty of nature, and after a moment or two, go on with our day.


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