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  • Writer's pictureCherie Claire

What I learned from squirrels


My office overlooks a bird feeder and I cherish watching my birds fly in to enjoy the treats I leave for them. In the winter, the goldfinches arrive in mass. In the summer, baby cardinals are fed by their moms. It's a joy I treasure.

And then there's those dang squirrels.

I bang on the window, I yell at them, I threaten to put them in a gumbo (you know I really won't) but to no avail. I swear sometimes they turn and give me the bird, pun intended, then continue eating everything in sight.

I do want them to eat as well as my birds, just not everything in the feeder!

This year, however, I'm determined to let go and let squirrel. I'm going to give up the fight, at least until they sit in the feeder for more than 15 minutes.

In the process of letting go, I've learned a few things about squirrels. Here they are:

-Challenges in life make you an acrobat.


-If there’s something you really want, such as birdseed or finishing a novel, nothing can stop you from getting it.

-Forget the crazy woman — or other things in life — tapping at the window trying to get you to stop. Be brave and continue to follow your dream.

-If the crazy woman — or other things in life — do scare you aware, remember it’s temporary. Try again. And maybe if you do get scared away for a brief moment in time, it might mean someone else, like the resident cardinal for instance, gets a chance at the birdseed and you get time to regroup.

-Life is a steady stream of inspiration. There will always be someone to restock the bird feeder. And yes, in the case of my squirrel, that's me.


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