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Skunk! March 13, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Mindfulness, Nature, People.

170px-Alice_par_John_Tenniel_30Sometimes life swamps us.

Other times it skunks us.

What should you do when you get skunked?

Wash It Off.

Wash it off as f~a~s~t as you can.

Neutralize the odor with tomato juice or lemon juice or milk or root beer . . . and wash it off.

Get into the shower, soap up, and let the stink sink down the drain.


IMGP1472aDon’t stop in the midst of the wash off process to phone a friend. Β You don’t need to ask them WHY the skunk did what the skunk did.

Stinking us up by skunking us is what skunks do.

We all get that.

You get that.

There’s no need to analyze the skunk before washing off the skunk gunk.

Just wash it off.


As many times as it takes.

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. suzicate - March 13, 2013

I’d rather be swamped than skunked any day! Either way, life goes on…

nrhatch - March 13, 2013

The best way to deal with a skunk is by putting a safe distance between it and us . . . out of the spray zone.

2. sweetdaysundertheoaks - March 13, 2013

Yes I am learning.. πŸ™‚ Better to move on than stew. Or be skunked.. πŸ™‚
Good Morning Nancy!

nrhatch - March 13, 2013

We can’t change a skunk or its stripes . . . we have to learn how to maneuver around them.

B~A~C~K . . . A~W~A~Y . . . S~L~O~W~L~Y. 😯

3. sweetdaysundertheoaks - March 13, 2013

Goodness I just saw me in your Worth A Fly By.. πŸ˜€
Thank you!

nrhatch - March 13, 2013

Your little birds are perfect for Spring! πŸ˜€

sweetdaysundertheoaks - March 13, 2013

They are like colorful little Easter eggs!

nrhatch - March 13, 2013

Just Hatched! πŸ˜€

4. diannegray - March 13, 2013

We don’t have skunks here, Nancy. But if I ever run into one, I’ll know to run in the opposite direct fast before it skunks me!
“Neutralize the odor with tomato juice or lemon juice or milk or root beer . . . and wash it off.” – I’ll take the root beer πŸ˜€

nrhatch - March 13, 2013

Glad you don’t have any 4-legged skunks skulking around the grounds of the RUC . . . and that you left the 2-legged variety behind when you left the ATO. πŸ˜‰

diannegray - March 13, 2013

LOL! Oh dear, I think I just choked πŸ˜€

nrhatch - March 13, 2013

So glad that you’re out of THAT spray zone! :mrgreen:

5. Andra Watkins - March 13, 2013

My Mamaw called skunks ‘pole cats.’ I’m glad I never ran into one in the wild when I visited her. πŸ™‚

nrhatch - March 13, 2013

Have you ever been to Polecat Landing?

Andra Watkins - March 13, 2013

No, I haven’t. I need to go there in my Mamaw’s honor. Thank you for sending the link. πŸ™‚

nrhatch - March 13, 2013

Some of the other towns around Polecat Landing have great names: Cool Spring (related to Cool Blow, perhaps?), Galivants Ferry (great when you want to Galivant around), Green Sea, Hickory Grove, Ketchuptown, and Wampee! πŸ˜€

6. Three Well Beings - March 13, 2013

The sentence I most relate to is, ” You don’t need to ask them WHY the skunk did what the skunk did.” I can be the event-deconstruction master…and that’s a full-time, never-ending job that oftens leads nowhere! LOL! Such a great illustration, Nancy, and I really like to take a moment periodically and shift my thinking just a milimeter to the left of right…and see things from an entirely new perspective. Hooray! And thank you, also, for the “Worth a Fly By.” I see some other good friends in there today, too. Fun!

nrhatch - March 13, 2013

I spent far too much time in my youth trying to figure out WHY “he” did what he did . . . or WHY “she” did what she did.

At this juncture, I understand that much of the WHY is beyond our ken. And that playing the Blame Game is a no-win proposition. Far better to wash IT off or shrug IT off and get back to living.

Perhaps by taking a ride on YOUR carousel! Nothing like a Merry-Go-Round to give us a needed shift in perspective. WHEEEEE!!!

7. Don - March 13, 2013

Hell Nancy – never knew it was that bad. We don’t have skunks here. I’ve always wondered what it smells like. Any way I can get skunked?

nrhatch - March 13, 2013

Skunks stink in a powerful way. Maybe you could find a “scratch and sniff” version to give you a sense of their scents. πŸ˜‰

8. cecilia - March 13, 2013

My dog loves skunks, we have ‘skunk off’ in the cupboard, and you are right, there is no Why, there is just Wash.. have a lovely day.. c

nrhatch - March 13, 2013

“Skunk off” says it all. Dogs are one of the few predators that don’t back away from a face off (make that tail off) with a skunk.

cecilia - March 13, 2013

not terribly bright! c

nrhatch - March 13, 2013

Yup! But we love our intrepid canine companions just the same . . . except when they’ve tangled with a stinky stanky skunk and reek of skunk juice. 😯

9. colonialist - March 13, 2013

So true – how many of us wallow in skunk gunk while we agonise on how this could have happened to us and why the skunk was so mean.
Scrub, and let the skunks enjoy their own odour.

nrhatch - March 13, 2013

Yes! Skunks do what skunks do because that’s what skunks do. We can’t change them, but we can distance ourselves from them.

10. ryoko861 - March 13, 2013

Tomato juice helps.

nrhatch - March 13, 2013

And, if it’s the 2-legged variety . . . a Bloody Mary helps. πŸ˜‰

11. ericjbaker - March 13, 2013

What’s with all these people who don’t have skunks?

You’re missing out, people.

Or maybe not.

nrhatch - March 13, 2013

Apparently skunks are not well traveled (ACK . . . there’s that “well” word again). πŸ˜‰

12. jannatwrites - March 13, 2013

My grandparents had a dog that got skunked…took a while for that smell to wash and wear off. Good analogy with how life can skunk us as well!

nrhatch - March 13, 2013

Thanks, Janna. Just driving through an area that’s been perfumed by skunk is enough for me. I can’t imagine having to wash it off a dog . . . without clothes-pinning my nose. 😯

13. dearrosie - March 14, 2013

My two small children, the dog and I were spending March break at a cottage on a lake two hours north of Toronto when the dog got sprayed by a skunk. OMG!

nrhatch - March 14, 2013

Pungent nose pollution, eh? Dog’s have such sensitive noses, you’d think they’d learn to steer clear of eau de skunk.

14. sufilight - March 14, 2013

Learning to detach helps put a distance with the skunks of life. Hopefully, I never come across a real skunk as it makes me feel a little queasy at the thought of being sprayed by one. πŸ™„

nrhatch - March 14, 2013

One time I cracked open a rotten egg. OMG! I R~A~C~E~D for the door to get it outside ASAP. I left the egg sitting outside in the bowl until the queasiness passed and I could decide how to dispose of it. Nasty stuff.

I expect getting sprayed with a skunk would be worse. 😯

15. shreejacob - March 14, 2013

Rootbeer? I’ve read about tomato juice (and watched it on TV).
We always ask the question “Why me” and get stuck there when we should run and take a shower….in a way πŸ˜‰

nrhatch - March 14, 2013

Tomato juice is the method I’ve heard about most often. I tossed root beer in there for FUN . . . for people dealing with 2-legged skunks where De-Skunk agent is not required to wash off the stench. πŸ˜‰

shreejacob - March 14, 2013

Ah so! hehehe

16. William D'Andrea - March 14, 2013

My brother and I were once driving along a rural highway in northwestern New Jersey, when he made the observation;
“There’s a dead skunk lying in the road.”
I replied, “Do you realize that no one has ever killed a skunk, without living to regret it?”

nrhatch - March 14, 2013

It’s like a dose of Instant Karma. :mrgreen:

17. barb19 - March 14, 2013

We don’t have any of the 4 legged skunks here Nancy (thank goodness), but plenty of the 2 legged ones still abound with the same kind of effect! I run the other way to avoid being skunked!

nrhatch - March 14, 2013

That’s the best way to avoid being skunked . . . get outside the spray zone. πŸ˜€

18. Grannymar - March 15, 2013

Finally playing catch-up on blog reading after my few days in Dublin with my daughter, Elly.

Thankfully we don’t have skunks (that I know of) in my part of the country. If they ever turn up, I’ll know what to do.

nrhatch - March 15, 2013

Hope you enjoyed your Dublin days, Grannymar. πŸ˜€

19. bluebee - March 15, 2013

Mmmmm – I was skunked on Friday and am still stinking mad 😑 Timely advice, Nancy.

nrhatch - March 15, 2013

Sorry, BB. It’s hard not to get mad when we get skunked . . . but the sooner we wash off the skunk gunk, the better off we are. And, really, isn’t THAT the best “revenge”? πŸ˜‰

20. Trailerpark Bodhisattva - March 25, 2013

❀ Your post blends nicely with one I'm publishing tomorrow, so I'll be linking to ya! Nice to 'meet' you.

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