Posted on 06/18/14 by in TMS Musings
The Music Settlement is a very special place with more than a hint of magic to it. And the humans aren't the only ones who stick around here.... we have a platoon of squirrels who greatly enjoy spending time around our trees and tent. One such squirrel was nicknamed Sparky by the early childhood students, who apparently left food out for him, causing him to get so fat that he ultimately lost a race with a car. RIP Sparky.
As they suffer no harm (from humans), our TMS squirrels have lost most of their fear of humans. This was proved to me one morning last week, when I nearly stepped on one on the path up to the parking lot.
I was still shaking my head at the cheekiness of that squirrel when I saw his little squirrel buddy under the tent. This squirrel --Sparky Junior-- was feverishly eating something that looked to be a flower bulb.
He paid me no mind as I stood one foot away, looking down at him, asking him, "is that tasty?"
In fact, he was eating with singleminded abandon, as though it was the last thing he'd do in his little squirrel life.
It was weird. Are flower bulbs really that tasty?
I peered closer, and that was when I realized it wasn't a tulip bulb at all -- he was eating a cupcake! A yellow cupcake, probably left over from the previous day's end-of-preschool festivitites.
Moreover, he had carefully peeled the wrapper and set it aside before chowing down. He clutched his bounty so intently that I could see the knuckles of his little squirrel fingers. Crazy!
Of course, I had to go to the Early Childhood office to tell the ladies what I had seen. Karen H. laughed so hard she nearly had to clutch the wall to keep from falling down.
When I came back outside, the squirrel was gone... but there were two more cupcake wrappers left behind.