7:32 am. I was the first person to arrive at the yoga studio for the 8 am Vinyasa class. As I pulled in to the empty parking lot, a baby deer sprang out from behind a nearby shrub, bounded in front of my car, and skittered down the road and into the adjacent neighborhood. I got to see it run/bounce/spring past two houses before it turned the corner and left my line of sight.
As this all took place, I just sat in my car, the vehicle still in “drive”, my foot pressed firmly on the brake, my automobile blocking the entire parking lot entrance. For the five seconds I watched the fawn, the normal ‘rules’ of city life were suspended; all I could do was sit and stare, completely in awe.
Once I could no longer see the baby deer, I said out loud (to no one and to everyone, I suppose), “Woah. Awesome.” Indeed.