My mom asked me this week if I have been noticing more squirrels than usual lately. Whenever she is out somewhere, usually driving, she feels like she has been seeing loads more squirrels than usual. At first, I was thinking about mating seasons, and wondering whether we were at a time of year where there just happen to be lots of recently-added squirrels in the mix.
But then something else occurred to me… and then she said that something else. “I just wonder if, because everyone had been staying home and not going anywhere for a while,“ she began.
And I finished, barely able to restrain my laugh before finishing, “No one was out driving to run them over??”
We both laughed. But we both considered the idea as a genuine possibility. Lost of things were affected this summer by people’s not going into offices and work anywhere near the typical amount…, perhaps this was just another of those effects.
And perhaps not, but the idea is a lot more fun to consider that the poor squirrels this summer actually had a chance for once. Kind of like the air, you know?
I still laugh when I think about her specifically bringing it up to me to ask my thoughts on the matter, as though it were something of significance in our lives. Just in the squirrels’, I suppose, but we both totally loved considering it, nonetheless.