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August 01, 2008


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Squirrel Lover (Not)

I once had a squirrel that was making a mess of things above our garage, so I trapped it in one of those Have-A-Hearts and released it in a wooded park about a half mile away. About two days later that same squirrel showed back up at our doorstep and proceeded to keep making a mess above the garage.

So I trapped that varmint again and took him to a park about three miles away. I'll be danged if that critter didn't find his way back to our garage a few days later. I think he made his way down the town's "greenbelt" walking path that leads from the park to near our house. My wife thinks I'm nuts that I thought it was the same squirrel, but I could tell by his beady little eyes.

So once again I caught that scoundrel, but this time I took him across the bridge into the big city of Portland. This time he was some five miles away -- and separated by Portland Harbor, no less. When I released him in a park up on the Eastern Prom, some codger nearly took his cane up side my head, complaining about how they already have enough squirrel problems of their own without me coming along bringing a South Portland squirrel among their own. To this day I keep waiting for that beady-eyed, mess-making, dirty tree rat to make its way back to our garage -- but I haven't seen him yet.

Becky Rule

Squirrel Lover (Not):
He'll be back. With friends. Pretty sure. I'm glad to learn the term "tree rat." It makes me smile.
Becky Rule

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    Rebecca Rule, author of Live Free and Eat Pie: A Storyteller’s Guide to New Hampshire, spends a lot of time on the road, traveling to her performances throughout the Granite State and beyond. She loves her home state, meeting lots of great people and visiting both new and familiar places. She shares stories that she finds with her this blog. So please "join" her on the road and check back often.

About Becky

  • Becky has lived all her life (so far) in New Hampshire. She has written several other popular books set in her home state, including "The Best Revenge," a collection of short stories that was named one of the five Essential New Hampshire Books by New Hampshire Magazine, and "Could Have Been Worse: True Stories, Embellishments and Outright Lies." However, she is probably best known for her live storytelling events, many sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

    Comments? Questions? Send e-mail to Becky Rule.