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The Skunky Days ~ Pepe Le Pew Is a Good Guy

Updated on July 21, 2019
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PePe Le Pew

A skunk story

No two skunk stories are alike, but they're amusing, having heard some interesting stories I am here to share my story.

My story begins when I notice that over time, regularly, we would rendezvous with little black and white, Pepe Le Pew, noted by its pungent perfume.

It made me think of how in the Indian cultures they associate a spirit animal with a person, for example, a name like "Running Bear," bestowed on the fast-moving boy. Therefore, I wonder, was my logical connection to skunks purposeful, was my spirit guide the skunk, was I to become the official "Skunk Mama?"

My meetings with skunks became an ongoing joke! These were so regular that one evening when the mom-mobile was traveling, a funny prank would unfold with a performance by my carload of teens.

As we drove along, engaging in general conversation, we came upon, roadkill, and, it was a skunk. Immediately, I noticed the pungent odor, which for me was a repeated offense of normal circumstance. I thought, am I attracting these little varmints, as I attempted to put meaning or theory to the happenings.

I remember making a comment to the kids, "oh my, can you believe it, another skunk, "whew," my spirit name must be "Skunk Mama," wow that smell is so potent my eyes are watering!

Now it starts to get interesting as I overwhelm with emotion, actual pain, I want to go through a tomato juice car wash with the windows wide open. The kids are saying, "what skunk we don't smell a skunk," as I think to myself, really, they don't smell a thing?

They were acting super serious not affected by the odor, and I begin to think am I losing it! Looking back, this is impressive because none of them broke with the slightest hint of a smile.

The smell is reaching a point of horrible for me, and they don't notice! It never crosses my mind that they are in on this prank together, texting one another there in the back seat, and they swore themselves to secrecy.

Finally, beyond confused, I take a few more whiffs. I then give up deciding to save my energy to hold my breath, thereby limiting the overpowering grotesque scent.

After a few days, my youngest comes clean, admitting they smelled the skunk. My son's sheepish grin was so cute as he relayed the prank! He said, "Geez Mom that was tough; it did seem like that thing died in the car. However, he continued, seeing my reaction and comedy act was worth them holding their breath, and playing like it was in my head."

Later my son and I laughed at the clever, got you, moment. I love the little things that amuse my teenagers we parents provide them free entertainment.

One, two, three, four, how many more

A skunky moment can turn in a smile

I want to fast-forward to a day out on the main road, as I neared my destination I saw not one, not two, but three, count them, three skunks all squished in front of me! I became sad, thinking, I wonder, is it a mama, a dad, a bunch of teens? Then my next thought was, what is up with the skunks and me?

On this particular morning, I was a bit weary heading to the hospital for treatment. This trip has become my average a little tricky as I am no exception to struggles, but I’m quite resilient.

After being hooked up to an IV pole, I noticed a young woman coming into the infusion suite. She looked overwhelmed, trying to hold it together with her husband by her side. She sat down in the chair in front of mine and immediately began to cry.

We’ve all experienced this type of moment and understand the real need to release the pain. I wanted to give privacy as they had just received a report they were trying to process. Now, not all stories are devastating, but even the slightest change can feel like a tsunami, especially without a minute to brace yourself.

Watching them, I felt their pain, so I placed my headset on and turned it way up trying to tune out the brokenness, and the nervous energy. I suppose I went into a zone for a bit as my meds slowly dripped in.

I took in the scenes of the infusion suite, the beautiful compassion from staff, fear and confusion from caretakers, and blank stares on the faces of many.

I felt pain for those who were new to this experience. It’s not that I don’t feel some of those same things; it’s just not my first rodeo. My family and I have learned to express, release, regroup, and then enjoy the moments in between.

These moments in between are important because, in reality, they’re all we have, any of us. Life happens with constant waves. We all experience the calm and the high seas. We get to have moments of pure relaxation in gentle still waters, but even a ripple can mess with our balance. The higher the wave, the more we need to hold on. We can still smell the roses in the skunk funk.

When the young woman woke from her little nap about an hour later, the nurse proceeded to ask her if she was okay. She looked a little confused, but then answered, “Well, yes, at this exact moment, I’m okay.”

I remember those early days of dealing with illness. I now see how amazing each wave has changed the lives of my family, and myself teaching us to swim together, floating together and holding onto some normalcy.

The young woman was about to leave, she was getting up, and then she stopped in front of my chair, and she looked deep into my eyes. I smiled at her and said, “Take it one day at a time, sometimes one hour and every once in a while one minute at a time. I also told her these Doctors are wonderful, but there’s a great Physician who has us covered.”

Then it happened, she smelled the roses she was back to the time in between, and with her smile, and there were no SKUNKS, no foul odor, only hope.

Galatians 6:9

New International Version (NIV)

9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Before The Morning ~ Josh Wison

A little bit about SKUNKS ~

Attaching a few points, I found on a site about skunks.

From The Manataka Indian Council By Takatoka

KOLICHIYAW: Hopi name meaning, "skunk."

Skunk (skngk) Any of several small, mostly carnivorous New World mammals of the genus Mephitis and related genera, having a bushy tail and black fur with white markings and ejecting a foul-smelling oily liquid from glands near the anus when frightened or in danger — also called polecat.

SKUNKS have always been respected and feared. When threatened, the skunk raises its bushy tail, stamps its feet, stiffens its legs and the hair on the body lifts, and it hisses like a cat. It these tactics do not work to frighten the invader, the skunk turns its rump and sprays with accuracy. This disgusting musk liquid irritates the eyes, temporarily blocks vision and stuns other senses of its victim such as smell and touch.

The SKUNK teaches us to take heed when a warning presents itself. When our instincts tell us danger is facing us, don't allow the brain to get in the way. Instead, follow our senses and take appropriate steps to move in another direction. If we respect the instinctual part of our being, we can avoid problems before they develop.

Those with the skunk as their animal totem are naturally buoyant; they go through life with a calm assurance and exude the peaceful energy that is extremely attractive to others.

Ahhh the skunk

To Conclude the skunk is amazing

The Indian Cultures share information about different animals I am I would like to honor God's creature, the beautiful skunk.

What is the worth of a skunk? Why did God create a Skunk, and why did God keep putting Skunks in my path? Now I know, a skunk is one of God's most precious creatures. He is defensive of young, and he is fearful of nothing as he is armed. His is naturally buoyant and goes through life with calm assurance.

God reminds us, we are armed! We have the assurance of His promises, and even skunky days can be quite beautiful. Good or bad in the reality of the skunky day God uses every moment. Keep your eyes and ears open for the reminders, even on the toughest day. He can speak the loudest.

I hope you don't have too many skunky days, but if you do, I pray you are naturally buoyant as you feel the presence of God your Father protecting you and He is ready to spray anyone or anything that gets in your way if you trust and have faith in Him.

PePe Le Pew ~ gotta love em

© 2012 Kathy Henderson


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    • The Stages Of ME profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy Henderson 

      5 years ago from Pa

      Au Fait, point taken I have learned one more thing about this interesting animal, thanks for sharing, loved your comment ~ blessings to you

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      Dead skunks are everywhere on and beside our roads here in North Texas in the spring. There are a few all year, but spring seems to be the worst. They are most active during their mating season and that starts in February here.

      Male skunks play no part in raising the young and mate with every female that will have them. So where you say "He is defensive of young . . ." in that part you are incorrect. The male does nothing at all to defend the young offspring. Skunks are loners aside from mating season.

      The animals that are currently vicious, nasty, ugly, and smelly, were not like that before Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit. Hopefully when the war of good and evil is settled once and for all, these animals will go back to being as God created them.

      Interesting viewpoint. Thanks for sharing!

    • The Stages Of ME profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy Henderson 

      7 years ago from Pa

      Made me smile today :)

    • Rolly A Chabot profile image

      Rolly A Chabot 

      7 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Great read by a wonderful writer who has done all her homework. Voted up and across the borad. I had a dog once that could find a skunk no matter where she was. I laugh now but at the time she was impossible...

      Hugs from Canada

    • The Stages Of ME profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy Henderson 

      7 years ago from Pa

      Thanks Bob ~

      I learned something new in your comment ~ no idea they had poor eyesight. I suppose this could explain why so many have been on the roads in a rather non-movement state. I also believe the gentle soul that would place a blanket and take them to safety is very brave and seriously kind. I have heard they can make wonderful pets Hmmmmm that could be interesting:)

      thanks again for the comment ~ Continued Blessing to you :)

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      Civil War Bob 

      7 years ago from Glenside, Pennsylvania

      Great hub, TSOM...voted up, useful, beautiful, funny, and interesting. Fortunately, skunks have poor eyesight; which benefits the human who has to drop a blanket over the Have A Heart Trap to haul them to a skunk friendly place. Boy, talk about raising one's heartbeat!! Grace and peace to you.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      8 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I've no idea what was going on...but there was one particular Spring about ten years ago where there were just skunks EVERYWHERE it seemed. I'd either see one constantly, or smell one.

      Recently though....I've only been smelling them from time to time. I haven't seen a skunk in over a year.

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      8 years ago

      You really did a good job with this HUB. I thought it was very good. Keep up the good work!

      Stay Well

    • The Stages Of ME profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy Henderson 

      8 years ago from Pa

      OriginBookSeries (Jay)

      You made me tear up ~ thank you for the lovely comment. I know great things are coming your way through your gift of writing. I am so blessed in my life and for this I give all the glory to God. I have many blessings and you and yours are among them:)

    • OriginBookSeries profile image


      8 years ago

      Based on the information you shared from the Manataka, I find that you tend to be naturally bouyant. You are an inspiration to my wife Lora, because you are living life the best that you can, with a smile on your face (most of the time...haha!) and God in your heart.

      The best thing about this hub, I think anyway, is the positive impact you have on everyone around you. This includes your own teens and their friends. It is a testament to who you really are, "Skunk Mama"! I know you are loved and respected.

      Thank you for writing this, it has made me smile today...

    • The Stages Of ME profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy Henderson 

      8 years ago from Pa

      Thank you ~ Have a wonderful Day

    • glmclendon profile image


      8 years ago

      Great writing. You are good K eep up the good work. We all enjoy.

    • The Stages Of ME profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy Henderson 

      8 years ago from Pa

      Thanks so much Blossom and Deborah ~ I love writing lately it just flows form the heart ~ God has so given me comfort in writing these past few months and I so enjoy reading and learning through the work of fellow authors ~ God Bless and have a wonderful weekend:)

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      8 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      What a beautiful hub! Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, but altogether shining out with trust and faith in our wonderful Creator.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      8 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Great hub. I remember the skunk on the cartoons.. and he would court and female skunk.. so funny. I never knew they smelled so bad till I moved to the country.. LOL.. love the bible verse.

      voted up



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