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"squirrels are like cats"

I was at an event last week, a breakfast event, and I was sitting at a table with people I didn't know, but we were all making conversation, and somehow the talk turned to animal visitors, and one woman started talking about how a squirrel had been paying them visits over the summer:
I left the window open, and there's no screen, but I didn't worry about anything getting in because we're on the second floor. But I had a bowl of nuts on the kitchen table, and it kept on going down. I kept on refilling it--I thought my husband was eating the nuts. But it was a squirrel. A squirrel was coming in and eating the nuts! But you know, squirrels are like cats. If they like you, they'll leave you something, as a present. Better than a cat's present! Well I guess the squirrel liked us, because one day I came into the kitchen and there was a doughnut on the table.

"Is this your doughnut?" I asked my husband.

"No, it's not mine. I thought it was your doughnut."

"If it was my doughnut, do you think it would be sitting here, uneaten?"

It was the squirrel. It had had so many of our nuts, it decided to leave us a doughnut.

Now maybe the squirrel just happened to be carrying a doughnut it had pilfered from somewhere else, and it set it down to much on some more of this woman's nuts and then scampered off in a panic, forgetting its doughnut. But I really like the woman's interpretation of the events.

This entry was originally posted at https://asakiyume.dreamwidth.org/900156.html. Comments are welcome at either location.

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dark_phoenix54
Dec. 6th, 2018 04:50 am (UTC)
This is absolutely marvelous!
asakiyume
Dec. 6th, 2018 05:04 am (UTC)
I loved the story and had to share!
sartorias
Dec. 6th, 2018 02:10 pm (UTC)
Oh that is adorable! (And way, WAY better than kitty gifts!)
asakiyume
Dec. 6th, 2018 02:32 pm (UTC)
If only cats would bring nice presents like that! (Though--and I guess this applies to the squirrel's present too--one wonders exactly where it came from....)
sartorias
Dec. 6th, 2018 03:09 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah. I wouldn't eat it, but it would be a lot more pleasant to dispose of than many cattish gifts!
heliopausa
Dec. 7th, 2018 02:57 am (UTC)
I like the story very much - I wonder if we're on the way to understanding our ("us" is humanity in this convoluted sentence!) relation to the rest of the animal world better - to the rest of the whole natural world, indeed.
Sometimes it feels like with so many tiny stories, like this or of animal escapes from captivity or of cross-species caring, that we're on the brink of a realisation.
asakiyume
Dec. 7th, 2018 03:42 am (UTC)
That's a lovely idea; I'd like it to be so.

And on a completely different topic, I was just thinking of you, wondering how things were going. Maybe because I've been reading a book on East Timor (Beloved Land, by Gordon Peak; I have mixed feelings), or maybe because I happened to check to see if there was anything lately about Irom Sharmila in the news (nothing *very* recent, but a trip to Kashmir about six months ago--a photo showed her looking well, and Desmond in the photo too, so I guess everything is good).
heliopausa
Dec. 8th, 2018 12:17 am (UTC)
I'm well, and (as you see) re-emerging into the LJ/DW world.
About Irom Sharmila - there's a very upbeat article in the Guardian three weeks ago (ish), with absolutely gorgeous photos of them both together:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/11/irom-sharmila-love-story-worlds-longest-hunger-strike
and there's intermittently news in the Times of India about her voice being raised for justice:
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Irom-Sharmila

:)

asakiyume
Dec. 8th, 2018 06:42 pm (UTC)
Wow, I really love the photos from the Guardian! That's just great--so happy to see them happy together.
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