Looking out at the yard, I saw what looked like a squirrel tail stuck in our fence – I called Kate over and we stared at the tail. Maddie joined our group and we tried to figure out how the poor squirrel had gotten caught in the wiring of our fence. Dear dear squirrel, how long had he suffered? Maddie was concerned for his mother and brothers.

We stood there for a few minutes, showing final respect for our fallen hero. Maybe we’d make a grave and cover it with…..well, all we had was cereal, but we were certain squirrels would love Honey Nut Cheerios.

Kate put on her shoes with dread and marched out into the cold morning. She would transport the innocent squirrel baby to its final resting place. Maddie and I looked on with tears.

Kate reached the fence and looked back at us and smiled. She said something but the wind carried it away. WAS HE ALIVE? Maddie and I jumped for joy.

I yelled out to her, “Will he be ok? Should we take him to the vet?” She shook her head and laughed at me.

RIP Rhododendron leaf. We will miss you.


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