The assignment was to spend some time in nature and write something — anything — that nature inspired. I don’t like bugs or itchy grass on my feet or West Nile virus or Lyme disease. I confess, except for taking a nice walk or sitting in the sunshine or swimming in summer, I kind of hate the outdoors. Still, I completed the assignment… in my own special way.


squirrel at park.

“Carl! Where have you been? I’ve been dodging giants and flashes all afternoon. And you were off playing with your cousins, weren’t you?”

“No! I was hunting. Linda, I found our new home.”

“What? We have to move? We have to leave the city?”

“Trust me. This place is perfect. It’s acorn heaven!”

squirel in tree.

“I don’t know, Carl. What if it’s… boring?”

“Linda. It is not boring.”

“What about the giants?”

“Only two of them. And two smaller ones. That’s all!” He shared an acorn with his love. “We would never run out.”

“But surely we wouldn’t be the only ones collecting food…?”

“No, but acorns are everywhere. More than we will ever need. And we’ll have friends. Real ones. Not just the ones that show up at the park one day, hate the flashes and giants, and never return.”

“It does sound nice.” Linda nibbled on her acorn.

squirrels two.

“You’ll love it. Only the smallest giant tried to chase me. We’ll be safe. And happy. And we’ll finally have a real home.”

And they left the city for tree-filled suburbia. And they were happy.

Until they had to cross the street.

~Writing 101: day 10

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Sandra is a writer, sometimes blogger, poet, artist, emotional disaster. She thinks far too much and sleeps far too little. Sandra lives in the Northeastern U.S. but dreams of an oceanfront home in Italy, but she would settle for a non-oceanfront home in Italy. She loves books, brutal honesty, coffee, and the color black. She hates insincerity, beer, whipped cream, and facebook. And she is uncomfortable talking about herself in the third person.
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13 Responses to relocation.

  1. cb says:

    Linda, Carl, and their TWO MILLION offspring must have moved into my neighborhood …

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  2. Hahaha…I love this perspective! Were the giants thunder and lightning or something else? Keep writing; I think I’ll follow. 😉

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  3. Wandering Soul says:

    now you’ve got me wondering what happened when they tried to cross the street.

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  4. Emily says:

    He’s so ADORABLE! Squirrels are pretty rare in Australia so I have to get my fix from photos on websites. My mother is English and she tells me as a child she used to chase a big red native squirrel, and always thought she was going to catch him.

    Please go to this link everyone and see what Sandra recently did for me (sorry to hijack your post Sandra but people should know).


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    • You’re so sweet! It was my pleasure. ☺ I didn’t know squirrels were rare in Australia. We have tons of them here… like, too many!

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      • Emily says:

        We don’t have any at all, I was being silly, so I’ve never seen one. We do happen to have a mammal that has a duck’s bill and webbed feet so that’s pretty special (Platypus), and I’ve seen those in the wild which is pretty rare.

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        • Like Perry the Platypus… from Phineas & Ferb! You know…? It’s a Disney show/cartoon. (Can you tell I have children? Lots of animated tv in my house!) Does that exist in Australia? Probably, right? It’s a different country, not a different planet! ☺

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          • Emily says:

            Actually it does ring a bell. Don’t worry, everyone thinks that Australia is just like that episode on the Simpsons, and it is huge with lots of rural areas, but we’re as modern as you are. I can’t tell you how many times people have asked if children ride kangeroos to school, and do we have electricity (obviously as otherwise I would’t be talking to you). I’ve lived in the suburbs and out in the bush where we had tank water and no street lights whatsoever, but there are definitely Aussies who live their lives without ever seeing any of our native animals, which is sad. I’ve had plenty of interaction with our animals, like the time when I nearly hit a kangeroo that was trying to cross the road in front of me, and he was about 6 feet tall and would have amde a mess, or the time a Wedge-tail Eagle nearly took off with one of the cats, and that also would have been messy. We’re a strange lot, but really friendly and easy to get on with.

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