Good Lucky

The Lucky Porcupine Door

Late the other night, we were sitting in the darkened living room talking and looking out at the dim glow of moonlight washing over everything, when suddenly we noticed a strange form standing only a couple of feet away from the door. I slowly got up and walked over for a closer look but was barely able to make out the form. I got the flashlight and we both quietly crept back toward the door. To our amazement, there in the  focused light, we saw an extremely large porcupine, in all of its glory. She was huge with 8-10 inch quills. She just stood there where the yard meets the terrace, as if trying to get our attention. Finally, annoyed with the bright light she scurried down the stone footpath, off across the lawn and down the hill.

The Lucky Rut

Two days later we were taking our evening walk through the meadow. As we crossed the third field, about 10 minutes into our walk, we both saw a form in the tractor tire path, which is our trail. Since it was not moving we both thought it was a dead animal and stopped short—about 15 feet away, to rethink our direction. As we looked for a detour, our gaze was drawn to the animal. It looked like it might have been a large bird with black and white wings, fallen onto the path. Suddenly we realized that it was not a bird. No. It was another porcupine, evidently taking a snooze. He didn’t seem to even be aware that we were there. After several minutes of watching and waiting, he moved his head as if just waking up and groggily stood up, slowly shook his head side-to-side with eyes mostly closed, turned and ambled away through the tall grass—evidently with no great concern and in no real hurry.

In Italy, the porcupine is considered good luck (or good lucky, as our Italian friend, Barbara says), especially if one comes to your door. We aren’t superstitious, but given that there have been two of them within a few days, maybe this is one superstition we might just decide to believe in.  They were each so insistent on getting our attention. Surely something very good is on the way!

You may also enjoy visiting our other websites:

The Journey – The Ride of a Lifetime

Uncommon Promise Video Channel

Uncommon Promise Story, Music and Art

The UP Side Lowdown by Cheryl

New Music – Virtual CD

In Touch In Tuscany


About cheryl & emerson

The Ride of a Lifetime! After sixteen years of trying to live in Italy as "true Italians," we set out to write a book about our experiences. As it turns out, we ended up doing a lot more than just writing a book because we decided that to capture the essence, we really needed music, poetry, drawings, videos and more. So, that's exactly what we did. You can find our complete body of work at We hope you can visit us from time to time—let us know what your personal adventure looks like. Perhaps we can all glean some inspiration to go out and write a new chapter in our own stories! Wishing you the best, Cheryl and Emerson
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