And yet, there's now a need to make amends.
Last week, while walking from the parking building to my office, I was accosted by a squirrel. It apparently recognized the odd lady who so frequently carries peanuts in her purse. Except that day when, after digging long and hard to try and find an errant peanut for her hopeful little friend, all she found was a single breath mint, which she offered instead.
Much to the offense of the small woodland creature.
That mint was spiked to the ground with such force it likely lodged in the dirt. The squirrel began hopping madly, chattering furiously. I don't speak squirrel, but I know that diatribe was laced with profanities.
When my daughter was small, she loved these children's picture books by author Laura Numeroff, among them "If You Give a Moose a Muffin" and "If You Give a Pig a Pancake." They're fun stories, all with a similar theme.
"If you give a pig a pancake, she'll want some syrup to go with it. You'll give her some of your favorite maple syrup. She'll probably get all sticky, so she'll want to take a bath."
Baths lead to bubbles, bubbles lead to rubber ducks, rubber ducks lead to wanting a trip to the farm.
But if you give a squirrel a breath mint, it could lead to an interspecies incident.
One for which the perpetrator is so very ashamed.
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