Reason No. 12 to be happy
Laundry, duck hunting/firefighting absent husband, three little girls and no dogs in sight Slightly neurotic and completely at my witts end--- wife, mother, dreamer lost in her 30-somethings
I'm a 35-year-old mother of three who has a million dreams to dream -- and three children to carry out the ones she doesn't get around to. My husband is a firefighter and an obsessed duck hunter, so I'm pretty much a single mother, trying to juggle my life around duck season and fire season.
Squirrel Suicide Season-- today I'll be lazy and post my column for tomorrow's Paradise Post (12-04-10)
My dear readers, I am sad to report that a most devastating time of year is upon us: Squirrel Suicide Season.
This week as I drove my girlies to school, a depressed and deranged squirrel dashed in front of my car and stopped directly in front of my front left tire.
I swear he lay in wait hoping for a quick in to his miserable life, but today was not his day. I stopped in time and scared him back to life with a quick blast of my horn.
Yes, readers it’s that time of year when lazy squirrels realize they are ill-prepared for winter.
All summer they lazed around soaking up the sun or scampering from tree branch to tree branch in one of nature’s best jungle gyms.
Some watched pitifully as an entire oak forest took root-- evidence of just how many acorns they’d lost that winter. Once again, they’re hoarding nature proved selfish and the end result was a bitter blow of karma. Tasty acorns that could have stuffed their fuzzy tummies or plumped up their babies were now wasted as baby trees.
You see, squirrels don’t have long time goals. They don’t see baby trees as potential food producers for future generations. The acorn is quite simply a nut to be hidden from other squirrels and to be eaten later (preferably in front of other less fortunate squirrels).
Now some of you may wish to set up a Squirrel Suicide Helpline and try to save these most depressed creatures. I beg of you please don’t interfere with Mother Nature. Messing with squirrel suicide season would be akin to messing with the seasons and the food chain.
Squirrel Suicide Season is Mother Nature’s way of cleaning house.
Squirrels are among natures worst criminal offenders. They are selfish thieves, stealing from the mouths of baby birds by robbing bird feeders of life-sustaining sunflower seeds.
In cities and parks across the nation, they are among some of the worst panhandlers. What they can’t get by way of begging, they steal without a backward glance or a care in to who is going hungry today.
Last summer, I was a victim of squirrel thievery. I had bought a large bag of peanuts for my own little babes in the hopes that we could snack by the lake in a most Norman Rockwell fashion.
Indeed the setting was perfect-- trees, lake, fuzzy grey squirrels and a big checkered blanket. And then I turned my back for one minute and in that minute a squirrel ran away with the bag.
And so today forgive me if I don’t shed too many tears for the lazy beggars who plant whole forests in my gardens and who pelt me with acorns whenever I venture under the old oak tree.
Forgive me, please for I see squirrels for what they really are-- rats with better marketing.
Think about it would you love a rat if he visited your picnic or scurried across your front porch during your Fourth of July BBQ?
I think not.
And in death, the squirrels continue to wreck havoc upon us as they nibble into PG&E transformers and cut off power to hundreds if not thousands of households at a time.
In death they scar little children for years as the fuzzy buggers fall from tree branches right into the path of Mother’s SUV and the babes in the backseat witness it all.
Most horrifying for me was the time I carefully maneuvered across the snow in Butte Meadows. A squirrel lay dead in the center of our car’s path. Its legs were stiff straight up in the air. Its tongue hung out and its eyes stared deadly.
I certainly didn’t want to hit the poor dead creature again for that would be too gross, so I tried to maneuver my car around the carcass.
Just as I approached it’s winter fuzzy tail, the darn squirrel came back to life with a crazy leggy jump right in front of my tire and got what it most desired.
I was so scared I nearly wrecked the car.
Since that day, I haven’t felt much sympathy.
Squirrel Suicide Season is just a fact of life. Dear readers please be vigilant. Be aware for a deranged squirrel may soon run in front of your car, act as though its going to run back to safety only to change its mind mid stride-- and dash right into your left front tire.
So why does it make me happy? That's a good question. I'm not sure it does, but writing about it always puts a smile on my face.