Three young skunks were playing in the front yard of a home I pass along Wildcat Boulevard one morning. I wondered if the owner knew they were there? I wondered if he suspected they live in a den under his front yard? They were cute, but I don’t know if I would want them living under and playing in my front yard.

Three young skunks were playing in the front yard of a home I pass along Wildcat Boulevard one morning. I wondered if the owner knew they were there? I wondered if he suspected they live in a den under his front yard? They were cute, but I don’t know if I would want them living under and playing in my front yard.
I always try to greet other walkers as I walk each morning. Nearly, everyone responds to a “Good morning.” I do not look up at vehicles, however, as it is dark and I cannot recognize the driver. If it is someone in his truck with his name on it, I will wave back if he honks a greeting.
There are some school employees that I wave at or call a greeting to like Eddie McAlister and Mrs. Jackson, who I see almost every morning.
I also talk to and greet each animal I meet on my walks. The other morning I spoke to a turtle who was on a bridge near Neosho High School. I talk to the neighbor’s cat, Snoopy. I talk to the three dogs in the yard on the corner of Veta and Hickory Street. This morning I spoke to the cottontail rabbit I saw in my own yard. I told him to be sure to leave our tomatoes alone. I even speak to the fox when I see her dashing through the neighborhood.
I get the most kick out of cats who squat down and do not move as I walk by. I always tell them “I can see you” like playing peek-a-boo with a baby.   
I was thinking about a television commercial I see every once in a while. In it, a little girl about nine or ten years old skips as she walks with her daddy. Skipping seems to show happiness. I wonder why?
I don’t recall skipping much as an adult or a child. I’ve always tried to be a happy person, but maybe I am not a skipper. Perhaps more people need to skip a few times and quit being so tense.
The other day while shopping I noticed the first four items I put in my cart were “Made in the USA.” I was so impressed, I even told a young couple I met in the aisle what had just happened to me. These were items that I seldom buy such as a can opener and a scatter rug for putting in front of the kitchen sink. On a couple items I had a choice to buy “Made in the USA” or not. When I have a chance, I always “Buy American.”
I watch a lot of news programs on television. I have decided that many incidents where police over-reacted could have been avoided if  the person had done what was asked. I have decided if I am stopped for any reason, I will shut up and do as I am told.
Recently, I read a list of popular names given to new boats in 2018. I thought boating people could be a bit more creative. The top ten names were: Grace, Freedom, Seas the Day, Therapy, Second Wind, Serenity, Perseverance, Rum Runner, Knot on Call, and Pura Vida(Pure Life.)
Take a walk, buy American, speak to people and animals, do what you are supposed to do, be creative when naming things, use your signal lights, skip a little, and see what you notice while passing along Wildcat Boulevard.


     
Russell Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.