Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

And nuts to you too!


Brown squirrel This afternoon, as I was innocently sauntering back toward home on 22nd Street, minding my own business and absently watching the younger and friskier squirrels playing grab-ass on the lawns instead of gathering acorns for the winter, I spotted a grizzled rodent chattering away at his progeny to get back to work, sort of reminding me of myself in my boss-man days. I beckoned him over.

“And a good afternoon to you, Mr. Squirrel,” I offered in a patronizing tone. “Expecting a hard winter, are we?”

His squeaky voice responded grumpily, “Sams the name; nuts is the game. These young ‘uns only have one thing in mind now, but they will rue their fun and games when the hunger pains hit in January, they will.”

“Well, Sam, that sounds like the voice of experience!”

“You damn betcha! About didn’t make it through the winter of twenty-ought-two. The acorns ran small that year, and we plumb ran out. If it hadn’t been for an early spring thaw and stumbling across a cache of overlooked acorns, we would have been goners, that’s for sure.”

“Well, why don’t you just mention it to them?”

“Hah! They won’t listen to me, and I suspect that your young ‘uns don’t listen to you, either.”

“Well, I hope you make it through this winter. Good day to you, sir.”

I continued my walk after this not-too-edifying conversation. The trees are now tinged with color, the sun hangs low in the south, and the sky is laced with wispy clouds. Change is in the air. A melancholy afternoon indeed.

Dave, feeling a little squirrelly today.


2 Responses to “And nuts to you too!”
  1. Linda says:

    ah, may dad is feeling squirrelly. And your kids always listened to you! Well… mostly. I wrote a squirrel story about you a long time ago.

  2. Leslie says:

    I missed this one, oh squirrelly one. Sam is a wise one. Linda wrote a squirrel story? I’ll have to check that out with her,

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