Sunday, March 11, 2012

Crazy Squirrel Lady

I remember the first week we caught each others' eyes. The grass-filled, tree-friendly, courtyard-style town home apartments I lived in were more than Squirrel friendly and I had gotten used to their presence-always catching fleeting glimpses of them as they sprinted up and down the trees or chased after one another with the fervor of schoolyard children. They'd become a daily musing of mine, though they hardly had time to notice me as they went about their business.
 Until one day, I noticed a little guy who seemed to be transfixed by yours truly. As I parked the car coming home from work, he was glued to me. As I wielded my way to the door, I slowly became victim to his flirtation. He zoomed behind my back only to, in a flash, appear by my toes a second later. Looking down on him and asking him what he wanted only resulted in steadfast eye contact while he excitedly jumped his body around. He made me laugh.
 After a few days of this, I finally decided to be the 21-st century gal that I am and make the first move. The usual song and dance on my daily walk back into the house had gone on long enough-I wanted to meet this man. Congruently, I closed the door on the perky little guy but promised him I would be right back. I quickly set down my stuff and grabbed a canister of dry nuts from the kitchen. Armed with bait, I returned outside and sat on my front stoop, holding out the raw almond and hoping that my suitor would take to my bold gesture.

He did. Initial hesitancy on his approach was met by my patience as I remained statuesque with my Almond-graced arm jolted out in his direction. 1-Mississippi, 2-Mississippi 3-Mississippi- score! I looked on in delight as his little hands grabbed the nut from my fingers thus consummating our official friendship.


{Yes, sometimes I let him come inside. To which my Roomy at the time-my Sister- would know nothing of until she saw these pictures on Facebook and she would then proceed to yell at me about how disgusting it was.}

It didn't take long for this event to become a daily routine. Each day of mine- good or bad- was certainly capped off with a 10-minute visit with my Squirrel. Sometimes I'd be on the phone with friends while he perched on my lap, nibbling on his treats or other times I'd merely watch him while I sipped a Diet Coke. Regardless of our encounter, he was always a ray of sunshine in my day.

When we moved in 2010, I was devastated to leave my Squirrel.
I dumped almonds all over the courtyard hoping that he would have plenty to do for years to come. It was a fleeting experience in my life, but it was a paramount one. I really came to look forward to my visits with my unlikely friend and think back on these visits fondly, though always with a bit of sadness that I no longer get to see him.


What was or is a simple pleasure that bettered your day?

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23 comments:

Katie said...

My Mimi used to do this :)

| C AND C | Sarmin said...

Um, I would run away if a squirrel came close to me...I love how you let him inside your house. Did you name him? Do you know I never seen squirrels in AZ? In NYC yes, but here none at all. I see more jackrabbits then anything where I live. (& cows, I deff see more cows.)

& I hate to say this, what betters my day is bottle of coke, & a smoke. Together amazing, however I am so quitting smoking.

Have a good Monday!

xo SARMIN

Jax said...

That is adorable!!!! You are too cute. You're lucky that the little guy didn't run away and hide in some crevice in your apartment. lol

Charlotte {Charlotte's Web} said...

Oh wow! I love squirrels.. I'd definitely let it into the house too :)

This story just made my day.. my simple pleasures usually involve animals too.. like last night, I saw my rabbit yawn for the first time (which made me melt) and then my cat fell to sleep with his paw over his face (which was, obviously, adorable)

xx

Jessica said...

This is the cutest thing! It's a shame you had to leave him. As much as I complain, one of my favorite rituals is when the cat wakes me up at 4 a.m. to snuggle.

Lindsey @ The Hill House said...

Ha! My aunt used to have a squirrel that would attack you, so there is no way I would be making friends with another squirrel. I'll watch them from the safety of inside my house, but that's it!

TheUrbanUmbrella said...

awe that is so sweet, and so sad you had to leave him =(
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Elle Sees said...

I knew a lady who adopted a raccoon, but that's a story for another day...that ended with a rabies shot.

Bonnie said...

This is such a beautiful post! You and I are so similar. I love making friends with the creatures who live by me. :) Mr. A would never let me allow the squirrel in the house, though. He is terrified of rabies.
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Kristin said...

The squirrel is cute, but you're even cuter in that beret!

Bravoe Runway said...

Awww what a cute story! Sorry you no longer see Mr. Squirrel. My simple pleasure each day is getting coffee w/my bff at work. Def makes easing into the day a little bit better!

Little Mamanista said...

that is too funny! I can't believe you let him in your house...that is crazy Mr. Squirrel let you get that close...kind of neat!...sorry you had to leave him. Squirrels are so cute..I always wondered if anyone would ever have one as a pet. Now I know...

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Life Size Barbie said...

I am officially jealous of your squirrel skills, okay? Try doing that to a deer next and i'll believe your God! x

Tangled In Texas said...

Awwwwwww! I love that you let him come into your house. I just wanna snuggle him! :)

I'd have to say picking up my little boy from pre-school is my daily pleasure. It's not a chore at all for me. I love the way he sees me and just runs like crazy to give me a big hug. Makes everything worth it. ;)

Naghmeh said...

Caitlin I laughed so hard laughing this post! you are just amazing. I am scared of squirrels lol. But it's pretty amazing that it would let you hold him! they usually don't like touching people. A simple pleasure that always makes my day better is a cup of coffee while reading something, anything! it's just so peaceful and I get a moment just to myself to get ready for the day or to escape from a day I've already had.
xx

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

hahha you are hysterical...i'd scream going near a squirrel lol

jociegal said...

I still cannot believe you let that come in our house...honestly. Ugh.

Tina said...

ohhhhhh my gosh how i love this story!!! your squirrel!! this sounds like something i would totally do lol i love for all animals, no matter how much they might look like gigantic rodents. this is too cute! im sure he misses you!!

Kisti Belle said...

That is THE cutest story!! I can't believe that happened! How nice :)

Sylwia from the sign of design said...

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June said...

OMG he is so cute and that is one adorable story!! He was a very bold squirrel indeed! I had 2 pet squirrels as a kid! I loved them!!

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Annie said...

Oh my goodness - this is TOO funny! What great pics of you feeding the squirrel...I feel like I would have run in the other direction :)

Annie
The Other Side of Gray

Amber said...

I LOVE this! How crazy and awesome that you were able to get a squirrel to get so close, and even in the house! So fun!

My mom had a deer this past fall that would practically eat of her hand... then my stepdad came home the first week of deer season, excited... let's just say my mom still hasn't gotten over it :(

Have a great night!