Monday, March 09, 2009

To the squirrel who ate my hamburger...


It's been over four decades, but I've decided to finally forgive you.

When I was four, my mother took my sister and I to McDonald's, which at the time, was a big deal. My parents had only emigrated to the US from Cuba a few years earlier and money was still very tight. I hated catsup and mustard back then (I know, total brat) and my hamburgers had to be ordered "plain" which meant my mother had to wait the few extra minutes it took to cook it, etc. It was a beautiful sunny day, so we went outside to the few picnic tables in the back of the restaurant. The tables were surrounded by large trees. Which, of course, means there are rats with furry tails, I mean, squirrels in the vicinity. I swear, I only put my hamburger down for a couple of seconds while I ran off to play. Those couple of seconds were all it took for some giant meat-eating squirrel to come along and whisk my burger off. Right in front of my four-year-old eyes.

I learned a valuable lesson that day.

Never trust a squirrel.

So when my friend Terri sent me these pictures of Finnegan the Squirrel, I was extremely suspicious at first. Sure, Finnegan looks friendly enough. But then, who really knows what's inside a squirrel's heart? I kept going back to the pics, trying really hard not to smile. In the end, I gave up. Okay, maybe not ALL squirrels are bad. Maybe not even the squirrel who stole my hamburger that day so very long ago. Maybe he was just hungry.



8 comments:

Lucy said...

Sweet. :)

Kwana said...

I don't know he still my be shifty... I wouldn't let him near my burger

MariaGeraci said...

I was thinking the same thing, Kwana, but I'm trying hard to turn the other cheek...

Terrie said...

Maria, You are so funny. I am glad that I helped you heal an obvious deep felt hurt from your childhood. Terrie

MariaGeraci said...

Don't be smart, Terri. I swear that squirrel haunted me for years...

Kristen Painter said...

LOL - Oh my. Yes, squirrels are the great evil. If one bothers you again, just let me know and I'll send a cat your way.

Louisa Edwards said...

Squirrels gross me out. They also kind of scare me, ever since I went to college in Philadelphia and encountered my first black squirrels, who are larger and bolder than their gray counterparts. They'd steal a slice of pizza right out of your hand.

Mel Francis said...

LMAO

All you squirrel haters!! Who knew?

Sweet little Finnegan. I'll be your friend, buddy.

 

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