“Goodness, dear, what is it? I’m right here.” Said Mrs. Squirrel.
“I was digging in that potted plant outside and that bad lady came running out of her house and yelled at me! When I ran into our hole she took her garden hose and ran water down it!”
“Penelope! How many times have I told you not to dig in people’s potted plants? They get very angry with us when we eat the bulbs out of their yards.”
“No buts, young squirrely. How many times do I have to tell you? If you keep damaging her property she might hurt you someday?”
“I know! She almost drowneded me today!” Penelope said as she swiped a paw at her teary eyes.
“Penelope you must be a good squirrel and only dig where I’ve told you you can. No more digging that nice lady’s crocus bulbs up.”
“Awww, Mommy! You’re no fun! Crocus bulbs taste so yummy! They’re my favorite food in all the whole world.”
“I know dear, but really…”
“Hey Ma! Look what I got! This stuff from inside that lady’s porch swing seats will be great for our nest this year, don’t you think?”
She turned and looked as her husband came through the side hole. Her eyes widened with delight. “Oh, George, that will be perfect. Just think how soft and warm it will be on cold winter nights…”
“Mommy! How come it’s okay for you and Daddy to do stuff like that, but I can’t have my favorite food in all the whole world?”
A mischievous gleam came into Mommy’s eyes. “Dear, you go right ahead and dig up all the crocus bulbs you want. We’re squirrels, after all. We have never been seen as good creatures. If that bad lady yells at you again you just go right ahead and do all the damage you want to her yard.”
Daddy, Mommy and Daughter all grinned, their large bushy tails swishing back and forth as they romped around with glee.
Author’s note: comic relief for a real life situation of dealing with squirrels in my own back yard.
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