“Thursday is National Squirrel Appreciation Day,” I told my husband after reading it in Evil Squirrel’s Nest’s Saturday Squirrel post.
“Every day is Squirrel Appreciation Day around here,” Don muttered as he glanced out the window, where there was probably at least one squirrel waiting for food.
He calls squirrel feeding my addiction. It kind of is, I guess. When we run out of peanuts or squirrel food, I drag myself to the store to get more. I just can’t stop giving the little critters what they want. How could I say no to a face like this?
My squirrel addiction started as bird-watching. When my oldest son was about five, we moved to Kayak Point, near Stanwood, Washington. There were so many birds there, birds I’d never seen before. I put some feeders out and Michael and I watched the birds together, looking up the names in field guides.
Then we moved to our current house, which is in a neighborhood with wide greenbelts filled with big trees. We put our birdfeeders out and in no time they had squirrels dangling from them! I’m not one to turn any animal away, so I put out another feeder for the squirrels. Pretty soon it was the squirrels we watched out the window, the bird guides forgotten on the shelf.
While I adore all the squirrels, a few really stand out from the crowd. Most recently, a squirrel I named Shorty has held a piece of my heart.
Another of my favorites is Mama Thumper, a mother squirrel with a super short tail and an extra sweet disposition.
Mama Thumper, and I think Shorty now too, have moved on but their friendliness seems to have rubbed off on the youngest generation of squirrels and we now have the friendliest, tamest bunch of squirrels we’ve ever had. They hang out on the deck and pose on the pergola and they make me smile every day. I love them all so much!
I’ve never regretted feeding and befriending the squirrels, even when they dig up my potted plants and trash my deck with peanut shells. They bring me so much happiness, more than any plant or bird ever could!
So, yes. I suppose every day is Squirrel Appreciation Day around here. 🙂