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Monday, March 06, 2006

and then there was one

I'm not an animal lover. I don't leave anti-freeze out for the neighbor's cats or lay in wait with my BB Gun waiting for an unsuspecting small animal, but I'm not an animal lover. They're just okay. The squirrels in my back yard, though, are another story. I love these little guys. Since we moved in this house, there have been two little (actually they are quite big for squirrels) hanging out in my backyard.

They chase each other up the tree, they chase each other down the tree. They chase each other on the fence and across the yard. They just generally play all day. My kids love to watch them. A couple of times, they got up right next to our kitchen window and peered in at us. They are friendly little guys.

A few days ago, we were backing out of our driveway and saw one of our little squirrel friends laying at the end of our driveway in the street---dead as a door nail. Little Boy asked what he was doing. "Um...I think he's taking a rest" you know, the long eternal kind? Looking back I should have said "He didn't listen to his mommy and went into the street and got hit by a car." That would have been a good teaching moment, even if it was rather morbid.

The lone squirrel runs around by himself now and it breaks my non-animal-loving heart. He looks so lonely running around that tree with nobody to chase him. I'm just holding out hope that my little squirrel friend will mourn quickly and find another friend to move into the yard. I can't take the sadness much longer.

11 comments:

ubercyl said...

Aww, you are cute. I saw a smushed squirrel on the road today and I was a little sad. They used to live in my bedroom floor when I was a child (my bedroom was over the hollow porch roof). I missed the scrabbling noises when they stayed out all night in the summer.

Lei said...

Aww, how sad! I've always liked squirrels, too. Gotta be the cutest rodent on the earth.

Lee said...

How sad! Poor squirrel!! They are totally adorable.

lackrik said...

Poor little guy!

My grandma had squirrels at her place and I remember listening to them run around!

Good memories! :)

Andrea said...

how sad :( we don't have squirrels here but they look so cute on tv.

SuAnn said...

poor litle squirrel. And how cute are you!

Rachelle said...

How sad! They are pretty cute animals.

Alissa said...

maybe he'll find you a little rat friend. that's what we've got... just lovely.

smartmama said...

oh i do love the wild ones-- we have squirrels, deer, and the occasional wild turkey-- but yep not so into things that poop and stink up your house and leave hair remnants.

Amber said...

Another non animal lover here. Not fond of dogs or cats- but no feelings either way on squirrels. mostly because we don't have them here either.

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