Every morning, the first thing I do is open all the curtains and blinds. I open the window and spend most of my day sitting near it while homeschooling the kids. There is something absolutely relaxing about the morning hours. Everyone else is either at school or at work, and we get to bask in the beauty of morning’s stillness.
We have two squirrels that play in our backyard every single day. You can find them chasing each other up trees and scampering along the backyard fences. I believe they are partial to our yard because the neighbor not only has a bird feeder, but he also has a cat. They sneak in when the cat’s not looking and steal some nuts and then run to our yard to eat them. Trust me, this is not a complaint. We enjoy their company!
These guys are pretty curious fellows, I might add – because they spend a lot of time also watching us. You can often find them perched on the fence and staring right in our direction. We have even found them sneaking up on us across the grass and sitting in front of our window, while we are doing lessons. One time I was washing dishes and got scared when I noticed two eyes staring down at me from the nearby fence. We had recently purchased one of those solar dancing flowers and the squirrel was just mesmerized.
I can definitely say that not a day goes by that we don’t watch and enjoy their antics. I have become so smitten by them that I actually had written a poem about their adventures. Strangely enough, though, I have never taken a photo. With The Daily Post Photo Challenge this past week being “morning”, I knew exactly what I needed to do. Funny enough, I told myself that “if” I found them outside yesterday morning I would take their photo. As soon as I stepped outside, they did not disappoint.
Here is the poem I wrote about them last winter:
SQUIRRELS ON FENCES
Scamper in the shadows
for the day is long
and many tarry
too many burdens they carry
With quickened pace
on padded feet you race the wind
across the tops of fences
and you chase the Autumn leaves
as they fall from the sky.
Chase – and run – be merry
for soon the days
will crawl long and dark
and you will seek out warmth
in the shade of winter’s shadow
you will dig and fret over hidden treasures
now buried beneath the depths of snow
Be thankful there is still time left to play
And know that even winter shall come to pass
And bring us warmer, happy days.
© Sumyanna 2015
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