My dog and I step out of the house into darkness. Gray on the horizon tells of the fast-coming sunrise as we go on an early morning walk. The small town that I gratefully call home is a close-knit farming and ranching community. Sounds, smells, sights, and the general feel of things attest to this in the early morning.
Semi-trucks and some cars can be heard way over on the highway. The rumble of tractors or other farm equipment is a faint whisper, maybe from miles away. What is that faint aroma on the distant breeze? I take a deep breath. Yeah, somebody must have driven over a skunk.