There are hundreds of red squirrels around those feeders in the park, that I’ve written so much about before. They run around like maniacs … it’s dizzying to watch them.
Then, there’s this grey squirrel. He’s much bigger, he’s timid … moves at a slow pace. Not at all aggressive like the red ones … rather stand-offish.
When he comes around, I throw a peanut towards him. The first times, he seemed to get a little scared and backed off, before he went back and picked it up. Now, this has happened so many times, so …. when he comes around [and that’s not always], he stops and looks at me. I throw a peanut, he immediately picks it up … runs a little bit, then he halts and looks back at me! Like he wanted to say thanks!
This is childish on my part, but it’s kind of nice to indulge in those fuzzy feelings… that he really recognizes ME, of all the people who go there every day.