We did get a big old laugh out of the story shared with us this morning by Gary Fleming. He sent it in to us here. And being total suckers for a good squirrel story, we had to share it with you. After all, our mascot is a squirrel.
Squirrel Unites Strangers in Coordinated Act of Kindness!
“Driving to get a cup of coffee at Wake Forest Coffee Company, deep in less than positive thought, I see an SUV approaching from the opposite direction. In my peripheral vision I see a squirrel on the side of the road twitching psychotically in indecision, wondering if he can make it to the other side of the road.
Just before the SUV and my car get close, the squirrels pea sized brain indicates this is the most opportune time to make a dash for it. The squirrel is going to be flat for sure. In my cynical thought mode I am sure the SUV Guy is going to just run him over. But No!
The SUV Guy anticipates it and brakes just as the squirrel leaps in front of his car, as the squirrel does the “jump down, step around, pick a bale of cotton” epileptic jitterbug, going back and forth “should I stay or should I go now” dance, I brake, anticipating his lunacy, as his pea sized brain once again sends him forth into the face of certain doom and he runs in front of my car.
As the squirrel stares at us indignantly, safely from the other side of the road, giving what could only be the equivalent of The Finger, SUV Guy and I look at each other laughing, both non verbally saying “lucky bastard”, as we drive on.
Gary Larson had it right. Life is one giant Far Side cartoon if you are open to it.”
Amen to Gary sending in his story and recognizing the many odd moments of joy that surround us every single day if we can see them.