During the first lockdown, there were stories about Denver residents howling at each other every night, just to find some way to connect. It didn't spread to Colorado Springs, but we live in a bordering town full of artists and hippies, who took up the ritual gladly. It waxes and wanes but it's still going on.
In October, taaroko came a-visiting and we took the opportunity to feed and cuddle real-life wolves and foxes at the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, definitely one of those experiences you remember for a lifetime. Their paws are enormous. They give messy kisses. One was related to the wolf who played Sam in the Twilight movies.
Simon and I bought a sticker there that says "Colorado Needs Wolves," in support of the ballot measure to reintroduce wolves to the state. We won, and although it's still controversial, I believe it will pay off in the long run.
I also bought a jigsaw puzzle there. I love puzzles, enough so that I usually deny myself the pleasure because it inhibits my overall productivity, but after all, it was 2020. The wolf art was cliche but very pretty. It came with a mini-poster and I gave it to my mom when I was done to mail to my great aunt in Florida.
They keep popping up. My dear old favorite shapeshifter Wolfsbane got her live-action debut in The New Mutants. Simon's mum gave him a Folkmanis wolf puppet for his birthday. I made up a story for my nieces about a wolf pup on a magical quest, and I carved a wolf jack o'lantern (which was devoured by deer before I could even light it). There was a beautiful creature at the dog park that could only have been a wolfdog. There was Geralt of Rivia, the White Wolf, and werewolves in What We Do in the Shadows and a hokey romance trilogy I got from the Little Free Library.
Anyway all this is just to ask if anyone wants to watch Wolfwalkers with me. I don't have Apple+ but we could get a trial run; this is going to be an amazing film.