Everyone should have someone who looks at them with adoring eyes. If you’ve been following this blog for over a year, you’ll recognize this picture from last Sweetest Day … yes, I could not help myself and had to use it again.
I’ve got a few new squirrel photos to share though, and, on a lark, I decided to use some of these fun photos with Parker’s input for this Sweetest Day post. After all, the title of this blog suggests “whimsy” right?
Now, I know Sweetest Day is not celebrated everywhere – just a handful of states across the U.S., not in Canada, not overseas and basically, it’s a Hallmark holiday that’s guaranteed to get you into the store for an expensive card, or to buy chocolate or flowers … but all these trappings really aren’t necessary. Spending time with your significant other, growing together, never apart and reaching the golden years is the best testament to a perfect relationship.
At the risk of getting too schmaltzy, I promised Parker he could be a guest blogger today for Sweetest Day (but only if he asked first, which he did). So here goes nuttin’, er … nothing.
What Sweetest Day Is All About. – By Parker the Squirrel
First of all, I’m a one-girl squirrel.
Sure, Linda and I have a special relationship, but nothing like what I have with the little woman, a/k/a my mate. We’ve been together for a few years now. Linda understands completely how she ranks in my world.
When I first saw my main squeeze Penelope – yikes, it was like a thunderbolt hit!
I was awestruck by Penelope’s beauty … such delicate ears, soft whiskers and big dark eyes. I knew right then and there, she was the girl squirrel for me.
She gave me a second glance and my heart just soared.
Penelope made me giddy just to be in her presence.
I was at a loss for words sometimes when she batted those eyelashes and oh, those big brown eyes.
I went and introduced myself before she was “taken” by one of my buddies.
Man, I was just smitten. I even shared some of my choke berries with her – they are just delightful and my favorite treat (besides peanuts of course).
We played hide-and-go seek and I chased her up a few trees and wore her out – she was breathless (of course, I’ve always had that effect on people to be honest).
Even I was worn out and I always have lots of energy.
Then I invited her to go nuttin’ with me. I wanted to show her what a good provider I was by scoping out peanuts. I knew she was impressed.
But, I felt the need to impress her more … hmm, what to do? Hang upside down by my feet, now that was a good idea. Anything to grab her attention.
But no, I decided I’m not a gimmicky kind of guy, so I played it cool and just asked her to be my mate on bended knee(s). Girl squirrels like it when you get all mushy and sentimental.
She said yes! I was over the moon.
Once you’re an item, you can relax a bit. Hang out with your friends sometimes … you don’t have to sit in the nest on each other’s tail for goodness sake – a little space apart is okay.
Soon the kids arrive and the years becomes a blur. If you’re smart, you never stray far from the nest. And you simply must have the occasional “date night” to keep your relationship fun and lively, especially with the youngsters around. For our “date night” we love to play hide-and-seek.
So that’s how it’s done mates … enduring love; no seven-year itch for me. Well maybe once when I got a bad case of “the mange”.
Sure, there are gray days, but there are sunny days too and they outnumber the gray days. These are the times when you go roaming around the Park, oblivious to the rest of the world, just the two of you. Love at its finest.
And when you get a little older, sure you can’t climb the highest tree at the speed of sound, and occasionally you make a misstep and fall off a low branch and fall on your noggin, but it’s all good.
And you know what else? Even though you wake up with bed head and spikey-looking fur sometimes, or your formerly slim physique may have packed on a few too many ounces (blame that on Linda with her M&Ms, Nutter Butters and peanut butter sammies she used to feed us all the time), love handles ARE acceptable because she looks the same … ya, you’re both fat and sassy! Tee hee!
To the world you may be one person;
but to one person you may be the world. ~ Dr. Seuss