Just for Kicks …

1 -Looky here

The promised a.m. drive-time storm hadn’t arrived yet, so timidly I ventured out.  Once again, I strayed to my usual stomping grounds, Council Point Park.

The sun was high above, but looking like a pale imitation of itself, and, it certainly was not as bright, nor as vibrant, as a glossy yellow bag of peanut M&M’s.

I know you shouldn’t play favorites, but, I will confess that I have a favorite squirrel at Council Point Park.  He lives in a tree by a blue metal bench, and he always come bounding over to greet me, much like a beloved pet does when you return to the house after a long day at work, or even just a simple errand.

Thus, this peanut pal has won my affection, so unabashedly, the sentimental fool that I am, I dispense a few more peanuts to him than I do to the other squirrels (which no doubt accounts for that “undying love and affection” by him).

About  a week or so ago, I got the bright idea that my favorite furry critter might like some peanut M&M’s for a special treat.

But, first I Googled around to ensure  that this candy with the chocolate that “melts in your mouth, not in your hand” would not be dangerous to him.  Nope, the general consensus was it was a treat and there were several YouTube videos of squirrels happily chomping M&M’s (albeit with bad manners since they had their mouths open), which confirmed to me that it was A-OK to give them to him.

So, I picked up two packages of peanut M&M’s, just in case some of his brethren showed up, and, yes, I even got one package in the “Share Size”.

2 - Share size

Once at Council Point Park, I rounded the first bend, and, there he was, sitting on the blue bench, smack in the middle of his domain.  As I approached the bench, he ran lickety-split over to the path to greet me.  I dug out bag #1 from my fanny pack, while he impatiently danced on the tip of my shoe and looked up at me.  “Wait ‘til you see what I have for you” I told him and jiggled the bag to announce the treat was almost ready.  I ripped the package open and soon a half-bag’s worth of those brightly colored nuggets were strewn across the pathway.  Ha, ha … well, I could just read his mind, the gears churning as he tried to figure out what these misshapen objects were, and, whether he should try one.  He was confused, but still sniffed appreciatively, then looked up at me for guidance, or, at the very least, to say “thanks, but no thanks – I’ll take ballpark peanuts if you don’t mind!”

3 - He likes them

While this experiment/photo opportunity seemed to be a no-brainer, I had discounted the fact that perhaps he was more of a meat-and-potatoes-kind-of-squirrel, and would have just preferred plain old peanuts, and not these strange dots, despite their dazzling candy-coated allure.  My thinking was “who could resist M&M’s?”

So, reluctantly, I gave in to him, then reached into my Ziploc bag and shook out about a half-dozen of peanuts which I intermingled with the M&M’s on the pathway.

4 - OK if you insist

“Ahhh, that’s more like it” he seemed to say.  He grabbed a peanut and dashed off to bury that treat.  But, curiosity got the better of him, and he soon hurried back.   I figured he’d hone in on the rest of the peanuts, and ignore the M&M’s, but, in a most-charitable manner, likely so he would not offend his benefactor, I watched as he grabbed just one M&M with a long claw and pushed it into his mouth.  Crunch, crunch, crunch … and he didn’t spit it out!  Success!!  I kind of felt like I was reliving the old Life cereal commercial, where the two boys watched to see if Mikey liked that new cereal or not, and when he did, they cried out “he likes it!”

Well, those first few M&M’s must’ve passed muster with my furry friend, as he abandoned the peanuts altogether and finished off a few more M&M’s.  He then snatched a pair of green ones and confidently took them “to go” with a look back at me, as if to say “thanks for the treat, but I thought Squirrel Appreciation Day was back on January 21st?”

5 - I like the green ones better

Sure, I left a little litter behind, but it joins the bottled water empties and energy bar wrappers that one sees when there is a bit of a breeze, and besides, … you know what?  Sometimes tricks and kicks aren’t just for kids.


About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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13 Responses to  Just for Kicks …

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    I am shocked that the squirrel liked those m&ms. I have to buy a big bag and give it to Jeff to share with his friends(the squirrels).

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    • lindasschaub says:

      I think you should Marge – he enjoyed them … I will send you the link to the video on YouTube – there were several, but one video has a squirrel really enjoying those peanut m&m’s. My mom and I used to give Sammy peanut butter smeared on a heel of bread or on Ritz crackers – he used to love that., but we never tried m&m’s and they were always around back in those days.


  2. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Dear Miss: “tricks-and-Kicks” I love the pics of your friend at the park……………………yes I’m kind of surprised he liked the colored M&M’s…………………….


    • lindasschaub says:

      Glad you liked it Ann Marie – it made me smile. I figured it might be a treat for squirrels. My mom and I used to make Ritz crackers with peanut butter on them for a squirrel we named “Sammy” that lived in our backyard for years – spoiled little squirrel, and he loved them.


  3. you should write a children’s book about Parker Linda.

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Wow Wayne – that is something I never would have thought about … I have a lot of photos and stories about him already … now you’ve given me something to think about … thank you for that idea. Maybe that would be fun to do as my boss is starting to think and talk more about retirement … he is 71 and does not want to retire, but the subject is coming up more and more. That idea made my day – it is ugly rainy day here so that put some cheer into my morning.


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  5. Well at least he was willing to try it…..but who doesn’t like chocolate!

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    • lindasschaub says:

      I agree with you Joan – he seemed a little reluctant at first, but I had watched some videos after Googling to see if squirrels could have peanut M&Ms or eat chocolate and people had videos and showed how much they liked them.

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  7. susieshy45 says:

    Is Parker at least 2 years old? And he likes M& Ms?

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    • lindasschaub says:

      I have to say so Susie – I’ve been interacting with him at least 2-3 years. I know the fox squirrels (like Parker) will live 8-10 years … I know that because I researched after I noticed after a particularly tough Winter, that once I began walking regularly in the Spring again, that the squirrrels would come bounding over to see me, not necessarily to all the walkers though … so it was the same squirrels doing this year after year. I was surprised they lived that long because of our long and cold Winters and how/where can they forage for food … just now our lawns are finally not frozen so they could dig for long-buried peanuts and other foods foraged and hidden last Fall.

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