Squirrel Therapy

Victoria and I just enjoyed a little quality time with the squirrels in the back yard. We’ve recently been given a wonderful gift – one that we never expected to experience again. A few days ago one of the squirrels came up to me as I sat in the chair on the patio, climbed my leg and took a peanut from the tray in my lap. Since then she’s made herself quite comfortable in our company, jumping upon our shoulders and taking peanuts from our hands. She’s also fond of hanging out with us, letting us pet her and laying on the patio beside us when we’re out there.

We have to believe that this squirrel, which we’re calling Sunny, was hand-raised by someone, and was maybe set free like we did with Spartacus. All we know is that we’ve again been given the opportunity to enjoy that wonderful, woody smell of a wild squirrel that lives in the trees. Some of the other squirrels have taken comfort from Sunny, and are now coming right up to us to take peanuts from our hands. We consider each and every incident a rare gift, and we’re thankful that we have a friendship with at least one squirrel again. When Spartacus was killed we never expected to experience that again.

I don’t expect many of the drones (those people who have no sense of empathy or wonder) to appreciate what these experiences mean to Victoria and I. But these are the moments in which I feel closest to God, when an animal that has no need of my presence gifts me with its trust. It’s an honor I will never take for granted. And it’s one I am eternally grateful for. The world is, indeed, a wonderful place.

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Depending upon whom you ask, Wicasta Lovelace is an author, musician, artist, web designer and/or delusional lunatic (which one he is at any given moment depends upon the day of the week, really). You can find him on Google+, Twitter and Facebook. Wicasta is working on several novels and recording music with his band, Windhaven. He is the principle editor of the Malleus Maleficarum project, lead author at PaganCentric, curator at Mama Peggy, and systems engineer at Floozees Doozees.

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One Response to Squirrel Therapy

  1. Victoria May 22, 2010 at 12:04 am #

    I absolutely believe that Sunny…..so named because she brightens our days……is a gift from God. God has seen how we have grieved over losing our little squirrel and sent her to give us comfort. That’s what I think…..anyone who thinks I’m a crazed looney can just think it. It is what it is. I’m just thankful.

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