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Mother Nature Returned The Favor

If you have never read any of the posts on Cherimie Crane's Blog, I suggest that you give this post of hers... Mother Nature Returned The Favor... a try.

I very rarely re-blog anything on Active Rain.  Sure, there are many blog posts on Active Rain that deserve re-blogging, but rarely do they "move" me to do so.

This wonderful, moving post of Cherimie's does just that.  Grab a Kleenex, read, and enjoy!

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Everything happens for a reason, or so they say. I always assumed that saying was just a phrase thrown around like a dish towel in situations when nothing else seemed to fit. I stand corrected. The past two weeks have been an interwoven blanket of confusion sewn tightly with the thread of random ridiculousness.  Fortunate for me, my days provide me with enough nonsense mixed with a subtle lack of common sense to fill my column. Otherwise, I suppose I would have very little to say.

Coming off of a very strange case of poison oak, at times I believed maybe it had spread to my brain, but no, it is all real as life itself. As I watch helplessly as Isaac approaches my family, my hometown and my down trodden home state of Mississippi, I spiraled down a path of pity and fear.

Only a category one is repeated by coworkers, friends and news anchors. My mind only hears seven years to the day of Katrina, a storm that forever changed my life. Flashbacks of terror, turmoil and uncertainty paralyzed me. No one could understand, not even me. Glued to the geographically challenged Weather Channel, focus and productivity were as far away as my hometown.

Constant communications with my family made the distance all too real. Isaac’s winds raced through my roots with no less force than the thoughts and memories of Katrina that filled my mind as sleep became an inconvenience. It’s only a category one. Those words are meaningless to a displaced Mississippi girl who knows that winds mixed with water, mixed with the mass media’s inability to differentiate my home town from a parish in New Orleans, equals destruction and chaos regardless of category.  It is my family, my memories, my Mississippi.

Falling further and further into an abyss of fear and uncertainty, Isaac sends a message. It wasn’t email, letter or text, but a swift wind through Beaufort that delivered the tiniest of reminder. Mother Nature took a blow hundreds of miles away that left two orphans in my path.



Raised in an area where I had more animals than friends, more nature than neighbors I lack the ability to turn away from any suffering creature, great or small. Blessed with a heart and cursed with an over active impulse, I scooped up two badly bruised, ant covered, infant squirrels.


Walking into a dinner party, gala or overtly obvious gathering of importance, I lack any semblance of confidence. Proper dinner forks, small talk and political banter leave me bored and often in search of an elegant exit; however, let Mother Nature request my attendance and I will rise to the occasion. Two tiny orphans with no voice, no property and certainly no chance lay in my hands.






Years raising animals of all kinds, all deformities, all personalities and sizes were no match for this delicate dilemma. A sudden distraction from the destruction barreling towards my family pity turned proactive. No time for news, Cantore would have to wait. Luckily there are angels for even the smallest of souls.


Within moments, women of the not so wild came to my assistance. Power of experience, knowledge and the purest form of female intuition surrounded the victims of just a category one.





Isaac may have domain over my home state, my family but not here not now. These two squirrels will live. Jokes originate from those who have a way with the more civilized of creations. Why would anyone, especially several people stop their daily tasks to devote seemingly worthless effort into two tiny members of an overly populated species? Life is life is life, is it not?

Limp and fragile and highly dependent on the kindness of strangers, all the energy otherwise devoted to a storm I can’t control in an area I can’t reach turns toward the survival of Mother Nature’s delivery. Women, some I knew, some I didn’t gave no moment’s hesitation to the mission at hand. It was an orchestra of determination covered in a halo of hope.

After a dim diagnosis and affirmation of an untimely end, the otherwise unconnected lives of ordinary souls, tied together only by the winds of Isaac and the need to nurture, two of the tiniest of creatures were doused in care and nursed to survival.



Isaac blew through my hometown, my family and my state with repairable damage and recoverable loss. Winds reaching as far as Beaufort resulted in a reminder that even the wild requires a hand just as much as a hand requires the wild. Mother Nature spared my family, my friends and all that is familiar and I did my best to return the favor. Everything happens for a reason, after all.


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Comment balloon 22 commentsKaren Anne Stone • September 02 2012 12:39AM


Cherimie:  It is so nice to finally find an Active Rain post that truly is worthy of reading from the first word to the last.  Gosh, yes, you are an angel.  Even the smallest of Mother Nature's souls have angels.  You are such a sweetie.

I loved the way you shared this, Cherimie.  So real... because it WAS real.  I could truly sense it as your caring heart left the printed page and tugged at my own heart.  Are you sure you're from this planet?  Gosh, I hope so.

The picture of the starving little one grasping at the milk-filled syringe... followed by these two tiny babies sleeping... well, they're just priceless.

And so, my dear, are you.

As I finally end this day and trundle off to bed, you have filled my heart with such peaceful and caring thoughts.  Thank you for that.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago
Thanks for the reblog. She writes beautifully and I subscribed
Posted by Liz Wallace, Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N (Century 21 Sherlock Homes) about 8 years ago


Well my goodness, your comment just made my (very busy) day. Thank you so very much. My two little angels are already on their way to full recovery. They are now in the care of a wildlife rehabilitation specialist who will soon return them to the wild, where they belong; however, they may have a tendency to cuddle:)

Posted by Cherimie Crane (Cherimie Crane & Associates) about 8 years ago

Karen Anne, I rarely re-blog either but I think it is important because otherwise there are so many worthy writers that many may never have had the privilege to read.  I have chills from this story and am grateful to your attention to it.  I will visit Cherimie today and on many tomorrows.

Posted by Mona Gersky, GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate. (MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC) about 8 years ago

Hi Karen.

Glad you decided to break your rule and re-post this.  I had not read / met Cherimie Crane before but will keep an eye on her post from now on.  Re-blogging is a great way to get the word out about a good poster and good information that might other wise never be seen by many.  Good job my friend.

Have an awesome day in all you do!


Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) about 8 years ago

I'm so glad this has a happy ending. It's really heart warming for me to know there are people like Cherimie Crane out there.

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) about 8 years ago

Karen Anne Thank you for reblogging Cherimie. She is such a wonderful writer. i am going to subscribe to her blog.

Posted by Rafeeq Ahmed, Customer Satisfaction (Islamic Banker, UIF, 682-500-4615) about 8 years ago

Great job with re-blogging Cherimie's post there Karen Anne, and I agree life is life, particularly saving defenseless orphan animals from a storm.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 8 years ago

Karen Anne,

              Great reblog so many people have been affected by these storms; good to know there is an angel out there! I hope you have a great Labor Day!

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert about 8 years ago

Karen - I love that you picked this as a re-blog as in the end we are all connected and our empathy towards each other, and animals, speaks volumes.

Posted by Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker, RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity. (RVA Home Team) about 8 years ago

Karen Anne - I've noticed over time about the rarity of a reblog from you ... so when you do... it's worth paying attention.  Thanks!

Posted by Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton, The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton (The Nines Team At Keller Williams) about 8 years ago

Jack, Shannon and everyone:  When I read this blog post... I just knew I needed to re-blog it.  I know that I have such a wonderful, intelligent and empathetic group of readers who have subscribed to my blog... and again, I just KNEW that many of you would just love this post, and probably love Cherimie as well!

Thank you so much for your kind words.  And Cherimie... thank you again.


Mona Gersky also re-blogged this... and Cherimie commented on Mona's post that all of our comments to her were just enough to push her (Cherimie) over the edge, and get her to make a return call to a publisher who has been "courting" her.  How cool is that!

Cherimie... we will all be expecting to be updated by you on what happens next...   <smile>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

I am going to have to read and reread this post - There is something there for sure.   Of course my first instinct was the recall the squirrels that got caught in our house between the floors and were making noises for weeks before we figured out how to get to them...but the reblog was a great idea and Life is Life for sure and I can see myself picking up these small animals and doing just the same...soft hearted jarhead here!

Posted by John & Irma Nelson, San Antonio Real Estate Agents - San Antonio Homes (San Antonio Real Estate Broker/Agent with Get It Sold Realty) about 8 years ago

I did read this post earlier, loved it.  Made me remember my Grandmother. 

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 8 years ago

Karen Anne,

               Just stopped by to say hello. I hope you are having a good weekend!

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert about 8 years ago

Thanks for re-blogging this Karen Anne.  Sometimes I slog through endless "How to market your house" posts and just sign off before I get to the ones that show Realtors to be actual human beings.  Glad to have seen this one and I'll head over to hers and comment directly.

Posted by Leslie G. Rojohn, GRI, ABR ~ MoonDancer Realty (MoonDancer Realty) about 8 years ago

Karen Anne wow what a great Re-blog, I am with you I probably have only re-blogged a handful of posts in my time on the Rain, This one is definitely worthy. I am partial to any squirrel story, my parents considered squirrels their pets and fed them in the back yard like the birds....

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) about 8 years ago

Karen Anne, You were so right to reBlog this. It's lovely! and the pictures were priceless too.

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) about 8 years ago

Karen Anne,

She does have a way with words!  And what a great story.

Ann Hayden in Wildwood, MO

Posted by Ann Hayden 636-399-7544, (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri) about 8 years ago

Good Morning Karen,

Excellent Reblog.  I will definitely checkout her blog.  You are so right.  She writes well.  Have a great week

Posted by C. Lloyd McKenzie, Living Albuquerque about 8 years ago

Thanks Karen, its been a while since I have taken the time to visit Cherimie's wonderful writing, it was nice of you to take the time to bring some of her words to us today.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) about 8 years ago

Thanks for introducing me to Cherimie. I will see if she is still dancing in the rain. :)

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) almost 6 years ago