Monday, May 30, 2011
a moment with a squirrel
I'm going to attempt to paint a picture for you. My bed rests against a wall in my room with a window that houses my air conditioner. i sleep with my head directly next to the air conditioner for optimal coolness while i sleep. Well, i woke up the other morning to scratching on the outside half of the air conditioner. I opened the blinds to find a squirrel looking at me. Separated only by a single pane window, we were merely 5 inches away from each other, looking into the eyes of one another. To my absolute amazement, the squirrel put his tiny paw up to the window and held it there. Instinctively i held my index finger up to his paw ( truly a Tarzan and Jane moment). We held this artificial contact for a moment and then he fled to the edge of the air conditioner to attempt the leap of faith back into the tree, 4 stories above the ground. His first attempt was nearly deadly, I watched as he clung to the end with his back paws, facing the far off ground head on. I held my breathe as i could only see his little paws and hear the panic scratching and scrambling of his dangling body on the opposite side. Then he miraculously flung himself round and panted as he rested for a moment looking back into the window before making another attempt. I watched as he made it to the closest limb and the scurried down the tree to lower grounds. This event all happened in less than a minute yet it was one of the most meaningful and intense moments I've experienced in a while. I felt truly connected to nature, to the wild, and to this little squirrel.
Posted by Jamie Lynn at 10:24 PM