The Long Sleep


FOUND by Pam on Turk Street, San Francisco, California

I found this kind note this morning on my regular dog walking route; ten feet away from a raccoon that had been “sleeping” next to the curb for about three days. It’s kind of heartbreaking to think of this person first noticing the raccoon, then taking the time to write the note and, I assume, very quietly place the note under the wiper so as not to wake the tired beast.

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3 thoughts on “The Long Sleep

  1. In some parts of the country “coon” is (or was) a racial epithet. But maybe not in San Fran.

    Still, a dead raccoon for 3 days? Was it really asleep when the note was written? If the writer was being playful, then why not also pick the recumbent rodent up and place it on the car’s hood or roof (appropriately curled up and slumber-like)? THAT would have been interesting.

  2. And remember the song “Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road”? Where’s the High Plains Drifter when we need him/her??? HPD, you out there?

  3. Asian handwriting and syntax (“go back” instead of “back up”)…but surely they knew the difference between a dead animal and a hibernating one? Particularly since no animal hibernates in full view above ground.

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