There are hundreds of human universals. Surely, listed among them is dialogue with our good friends, the squirrels. How I wish I had the time to read the entire list, but I am trying to compose a post. And to our Australian and Antarctic friends: Not having squirrels is no longer an acceptable excuse. We have Skype, don’t we?
Of course, there is want and then there is art. Tammy and I are seasoned squirrel whisperers who are prepared to share our experience with the general public. We sincerely want everyone, including our furry friends, to have an ideal encounter.
Knowing the Situation
The finest conversation will, undoubtedly, occur when one joins the squirrel in it’s natural environs. Thankfully, this is the outdoors in general whether it be the ancient and pristine forest or the city sidewalk. These little devils are ultra-adaptable.
Occasions arise, however, that require elevated cleverness and tact. Driving and indoor activities present multiple obstacles of which we’ll examine in due time. But these ought not to be deterrents in stopping to offer a kind word to our arboreal friends.
In a large city like Houston, aside from birds, they are the only conspicuous wild life and how fortunate we are that they are diurnal.
When one is out of doors and a squirrel presents herself, it is wise to choose between coming to a halt at a respectful distance or continuing on one’s path. The exception being when a squirrel desires to cross a road. In that case, one ought to come to a halt, smile broadly, and allow her to cross.
If she is content on her chosen side of the road, then we can proceed with discourse. Our method has proven results:
Now, let us briefly examine situations that pose the greatest challenges and barriers to our rapport with the squirrels. When you are indoors and Squirrely is outdoors, don’t let her languish in the weeds of your patio! Greet her from your desk or from the luncheon table. She will hear you despite the barrier and love you for your efforts.
Similarly, when you are driving at a leisurely tempo or stopped and Squirrely presents herself, roll the window down for crying out loud and say hello. It is the least you can do. If you have time, which you occasionally ought to, pull over so you can have a proper chat. She feels safe when you are in the car and parked.
If you follow these simple suggestions, Squirrely will recommend you to all her friends and babies. And her babies are invariably beyond what we call precious. If there be any duties at all in our varied and busy lives, they must include harmony with the squirrels.