September 30, 2012
I have no recollection of these smelly critters being so prevalent on campus last year, and I have to say, I didn’t really miss them! But I have been hearing horror story after horror story about skunks running into peoples’ paths on the way from dinner or the library or practice. And not one just far off in the distance, OH NO. We’re talking close-to-tripping-over status! If this isn’t the most frightening situation you’ve ever been in, I don’t know what is.
The ‘terrible-awful’ happened to me the other night. Thankfully, I was walking along side a brave, strong boy who held my hand and assured me that everything was going to be alright. As we tiptoed away from the fierce animal, it dashed into our path again and lifted up its tail as if threatening to spray us with his poisonous venom. This startled us both to death, but thankfully we escaped and found cover just in time.
I know I’m complaining about this a lot and…perhaps exaggerating a tad, but there is a sort of fun adrenaline rush that goes along with this whole ‘skunk scare’ business – a fun kind of fear and exhilaration that comes with escaping THE DEADLY SPRAY. At least we can laugh about it when it’s all over. Despite the all-too-often odor that lingers through campus at night and these frequent spray-scares that many encounter, at least we all have something in common: SURVIVNG THE BLACK&WHITE BEASTS together. We all know everyone’s thinking ‘We all know where THAT smell’s coming from’. And as silly as this all is, truly, it’s nice to know that we’re all suffering this ridiculous ‘skunk struggle’ as one supportive community.