Hanging in there on a Monday

It’s Monday again… and I imagine many of you went into it already counting down to Friday. I happen to like Mondays, but I’m probably an oddity. (Stop nodding your head and laughing!)  Living through the week while being focused on something else is a little like what our resident squirrel does.

Squirrel 1

He took all winter to figure out how to work his way over the squirrel-proof bird feeder and reach the one beyond it that contains his favourite black oil and striped sunflower seeds.

Squirrel 2The problem is, he’s so enamoured by his discovery of the food, he sometimes forgets where he is.

Squirrel 3Squirrel 4He throws caution to the wind (along with a lot of millet) and neglects the important aspect of hanging on, occasionally slipping right off.

The fall to our deck is about seven feet, but if he misses that — and he often does — he falls fifteen feet to the gravel path.

Lack of focus may not be his problem so much as ineffective multitasking.

Squirrel 5
“Didn’t your momma tell you it isn’t polite to laugh at others?”

So, about this yearning for Friday business…. maybe wishing the days away isn’t as wise as putting all you’ve got into the present, even when you’re planning ahead for the weekend.

I’m sure there must be a writing analogy in this, but I don’t know what it is. I’ll leave it to your imagination. Meanwhile, I’ll go back to burying myself in my March Madness and Speedbo writing. 🙂


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Published by Carol

A freelance writer of fiction and non-fiction living on the West Coast of Canada.

14 thoughts on “Hanging in there on a Monday

  1. I’m also one of those odd people who likes Monday! I feel it is a good start. What went wrong the week before is in the past and now its time to begin again, hoping I’ve learnt something.

    1. I’m glad to find someone else who likes what Mondays have to offer! For me they provide not so much a fresh start as a day without commitments that lets me choose what I want to do. Love that freedom!

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed my furry visitor’s antics. He spills seeds all over the deck, but the ground foragers are happy to help clean them up. Once the bears return, the birdfeeders will have to go away for the season, and we’ll give the deck a good spring cleaning. But for now I enjoy having the squirrels and birds nearby.

  2. Hey man! I too love Mondays, lol. We need a club. And thank you thank you for sharing the hanging on squirrel. Delightful. Those monkeys sure do love the bird seed. My mom and dad used to hang the feeder between trees using a long piece of wire. Worked for a bit then…the squirrels figured it out anyway and mom and dad just enjoyed the show. Us kids too!

    1. A Monday Lovers Club! Then we could be among people who don’t raise their eyebrows when we reveal how happy we are about Mondays. LOL! And yes, the squirrels are acrobatic clowns and very entertaining. I don’t mind encouraging them except when they find their way into our attic, which they’ve been known to do.

  3. What an adorable post! The video captivated me. I can’t believe I waited so long just to see him fall off. He didn’t fall. Good for the squirrel.

    I’m way past wishing for Friday, and I love Mondays. The times of our lives. How they flip on by. Blessings to you, Carol…

  4. S/he sure is determined. I was beginning to feel sorry for the run around he had to do to get a good meal. LOL. Sort of reminded me of my husband trying to find a spot at the table during my revision days. LOL.

  5. Carol Ann — I do have a video of him disappearing off the feeder. Maybe I’ll have to post it, too. I just like watching the squirrels up close, preoccupied with their food.

    Joylene — He doesn’t lack easily-accessed food. I throw occasional handfuls on the deck for him. He’s very possessive, and I think he prefers to use the feeder just to keep the other birds from it. That’s my story, anyway.

    Shari — Thanks, they really are comical to watch. If I had all day to sit with the camera ready I think I could create quite an album of goofy shots.

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