Spunky Tales: Life is Good
By Linda Suit
I MOVED!!! Well not full time, but I now have a second home! Whaddya think? I did good, huh? My condo is on the patio under the roof, the goaties come to visit and I can see and hear all the other animals out there! Mommy had a serious talk with me before she took me out. She told me to be a good girl and not try to run away when she came to bring me back inside. You see, when she opens the door I can squeeze out if I wanna, but I told her I would be good. We plan on decorating but first I had to approve it. I have a t-shirt in the treehouse part, food, water, a towel to play under and I was a happy girl! I guess you can see me chillin. I only lay upside down when I'm VERY happy. I think I'm gonna like this. Miss Libby Long Legs came and we sniffed noses, then we decided to have a slumber party!
Ohhh, guess what happened? The word must have been out that I was coming outside today because a river otter came right behind the house and was playing, splashing, jumping, flipping in our creek! He was amazing. We all just stood there and watched, awestruck at this amazing critter!
Several days passed with me being a good girl and coming to Mommy when it was time to come home. But after all I am a squirrel, so I get a bit squirrely at times, and there were bound to be fireworks sooner or later. One late afternoon Mommy came to get me. Usually if I don't wanna come, I just stay out of reach. Well this time I caught her by surprise. Poor Mommy, I scared her almost out of her wits (what little she has). She had her arm inside my door and bam, in the blink of an eye, I was OUTDOORS! I mean outdoors outdoors. I ran up her arm so fast she didn't even see me but I jumped on the back of her neck and sat very still. There we were, me sitting on my Mommy tree in the great outdoors. I couldn't see her eyes but she froze still as a statue, then slowly turned around, stooped down a little and I jumped back in the condo. Silly Mommy thought I was gonna run away. I'm sorry, you know I wuv you and didn't mean to skeer you. Finally when it got dark thirty I let her take me out and bring me inside. Jerry Boy made me a new nite nite box and Mommy gave me one of her shirts so I could snuggle with it. Back to the Great Indoors and safe at last. It's stressful being a squirrel.
I was running around one morning when Mommy decides to quickly get dressed. She walks into the bedroom, takes off her nightshirt to get ready for undies, t-shirt and jeans, then bends over picking up undies and suddenly she's attacked by a creature! Oh wait, that's me! I jumped on her back with razor sharp claws. Thank goodness Jerry Boy was in the garden or he would have called 911 for all the screeching. I hung on for dear life cause she was squirming & trying to get me... whee, what a wild ride! Here is a naked, old, skinny lady with a squirrel firmly attached to her back. After several attempts to grab me to no avail, she decided to lie across the bed hoping I would get off. Ha ha ha, good one Mommy! Can you picture this? I'm dying here folks! Finally, success. I climbed onto the bed and just sat there looking at her. What's wrong Mommy? Moral of the story, never undress in front of a squirrel, it can make them crazy. For my nightly romp, I was good, running all over the floor playing the foot in the sock game, twisting like a little corkscrew. Umm, I've learned a lot today. Stay away from naked people!
Mommy is a constant source of amusement. I didn't know she could dance. She always shakes her shoes or boots she keeps outside before she puts them on but she had one on and was holding her foot up to shake the other and a big old frog plopped out! It was sooo funny! She's jumping all over the porch with a slimy frog hanging onto her foot! Mommy, what is it with you and critters wanting a free ride? I think I'll hang out with my buddies on her wardrobe for a while. Can you find me?
I had very special visitors one nite when I was widdle. Miss Nola and Mr. Fred came and I knew right away she was different. I usually run around acting squirrely but when Mommy brought me in to see her, she opened her hands and I went to her and sat in her hands looking at her cause I sensed she needed me to be gentle. I climbed on her shoulder and just sat there. You see, Miss Nola can't see with her eyes but she sees with her hands and ears. She had never touched a squirrel before and that's how she tells what things look like. Proud moment for me. Now I'm bigger and Mommy says I'm a terror but when she came back I remembered her. Mommy held me and I let her rub my head and tummy and scratch my ears. Then I got in the floor and played waaay past my bedtime. I'm only a squirrel, but I knew these were very special people. Miss Nola is different from my other friends but she will always be my very special friend. Remember, always try to be nice to everyone you meet. Sometimes being different is a good thing.
As you can see, my days are filled with fun, laughter with a splash of frustration thrown in, but in the end, I'm a happy girl. I love my family and friends and I know I am blessed to be able to share with all of you. Sigh... life is good, and I love you all. Join me next time when Spunky Tales continues!
About the Author
Linda Suit is a city girl turned country. A travel agent by trade, she and her husband, Jerry, live in rural Arkansas with their animals including an amazing pet squirrel, Spunky Doodle. Spunky has brightened the lives of many with her stories. She is quite a character and definitely lives up to her name of Spunky.
Linda has traveled the world. Her passion for missions comes alive in her stories from remote areas. She will make you laugh and tug at your heartstrings.
Come along and share the adventures. It has been an amazing journey. You can learn more about Linda on Facebook.
You can read more about Spunky Doodle's adventures in Doodleville in Linda's "Spunky Tales" column on the 2nd Saturday each month here at Pandora's Box Gazette.