DR. PHILOMENA COMES TO MYAKKA

Such a surprise it was to go to Myakka River State Park and to witness Dr. Philomena ready and willing to impart her learned tidbits of wisdom to all who would pay her a visit.

Guest Post by Nancy Dobias

Surprisingly a Great Blue Heron was the first to avail himself of the opportunity to speak with the learned doctor.  As I watched him make his way over to Doctor Philomena, I couldn't help but wonder whether this was actually trickery on the part of the alligators.  "Surely that heron isn't going to come within STRIKING distance of the alligators?" I wondered as I watched and worried.  "This can't be for real...." But it was.  The Great Blue Heron puffed up his feathers and with his head held high, stoically made his way to "the office" and wisdom of Dr. Philomena.

"If I were that heron, I wouldn't be putting myself that close to an alligator," I thought.  But that's just what he did and it worked!  "I guess having an air of confidence must work wonders," I postulated.  Why someone with that confidence level would need to get advice from Dr. Philomena was beyond my comprehension!   As soon as the heron arrived to Dr. Philomena's "office," the consult began.  It turns out that Henry and Henrietta Heron had been having difficulty in their marriage and Henry wanted to know how to recapture Henrietta's heart.  "You must take her dancing!" advised the doctor.  "You have forgotten how much a woman loves to dance." Dr. Philomena continued.

Well, no sooner had the doctor given her advice was Henry "out the door" and on his way to winning back the heart of his sweetie.  "I can do that, I can do that!" excitedly proclaimed Henry.   As I watched Henry make his way to Henrietta, I couldn't help but notice that once more the alligators were a non-entity to Henry.  Henry was locked onto getting himself back to Henrietta, sweeping her romantically into his arms and dancing the day away if she so desired.

Back and forth they fox-trotted, back and forth they tangoed, back and forth they strutted while alligator after alligator patiently veered around them.

Yes, Henry was quite proud of himself.  His one true love was back.  Henrietta was the happiest Henry had seen her in years.  Henry couldn't wait to tell Dr. Philomena all about it.  Unfortunately when Henry returned to the "office,"  the good doctor was on break.  I guess it's good that Henry didn't end up in a discussion with the good doctor.  After all, he had promised Henrietta a day of dancing and Henrietta doesn't do well with waiting.