Posted by: Calmseas (Mike) | November 15, 2009

Bond—James Bond

I opened the bedroom drapes this morning and looked through the slider doors. My gaze continued out beyond the deck, across the backyard to the base of my shed. There was a nervous little chipmunk darting around in what often seemed like several directions at once. You know how they are.

army_squirrelI watched the scurrying chipmunk for a short time; he had no idea that he was under surveillance, and he continued going about his business, which—as far as I could tell—was essentially the expenditure of nervous energy. I was feeling a little like the guy with the binoculars in a James Bond movie. It was then that I moved my gaze a few feet off the ground. Suddenly, I was startled when my eyes met another pair of eyes starring directly back at me. There on the limb of a tree, not thirty feet in front of me, was a large, gray squirrel who had apparently been perched there and watching me the entire time. We were like characters in a good spy novel; he had me in his sights, and I have no doubt that he would have taken me out had I made an aggressive move.

The squirrel and I stared at each other for a short time; then I blinked first, and I turned and walked away. I was feeling so superior while watching the chipmunk, but suddenly I had been “one-upped” by his brother woodland rodent. I guess they take care of their own. It became clear to me this morning that many of us have a lower opinion of the animal kingdom than we should have. And to think we somehow believe that we are the dominant creatures on the planet.

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  1. Mike, you obviously don’t have a cat because she would have cleared up any misconceptions over your ranking in the “animal kingdom” a long time ago. LOL

    Which reminds me of a quote I read the other day:

    Dogs like to think they’re human. Cats like to think they’re gods.

    BTW, love that squirrel photo!


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