Okay, I thought yesterday had a fair share of surprises in it, but today had it topped already by 8AM. I had gone for a bike ride on the trail behind my house and was bringing my bike up the ravine that is our backyard. I stopped to see what kind of damage the deer have done to my plants lately and as I stood there I felt and heard a big THWAP right square on top of my head. I yelled, “OW!” and looked up to see which kid had thrown a brick at me, but there were no kids. In the same split second I wondered if the tree had just dropped a branch on my head.
But no, those things make sense, and what I saw when I looked down made much less sense.
It was a squirrel, staring up at me with liquidy black “OH CRAP” eyes, and in a flash it ran up the tree it had just fallen out of.
I couldn’t get a picture of the squirrel in that millisecond, but I found a picture on the Internet of about how that squirrel looked:
I keep thanking my lucky acorns I hadn’t taken off my bike helmet yet because if I had, that squirrel would have knocked me completely out and eventually someone would have found me sprawled out on the patio with a slightly bloody ear and no one would ever have correctly guessed what had happened. Because honestly, how could they?
(Right in the tree above me was a squirrel, licking my blood off its little paws and wondering how it was ever going to blog about this.)
It’s been a fun day, needless to say. I sent the boys to school saying, “Stay safe—there are a lot of squirrels out there today!” When they came home from school and I suggested they put their helmets on and go play in the back yard. I sat next to Kevin on the couch then got up again, saying, “I just can’t sit here right now. I’m feeling a bit squirrely.” I am looking into getting one of these signs printed for our house:
If this blog post sounds a little nuts to you, it probably is.
I’ve just never been the same since I got hit in the head by a squirrel.
WHAT’S COOKIN’ 2NITE:
Top sirloin steak with peperonata
Chocolate pudding cake