It’s been forever and a day since I devoted an entire blog post to my favorite Park munchkin, a/k/a Parker. A week ago Saturday, I drove to the Park, pulled into my usual spot and as soon as I opened the car door, Parker ran over to see me. I know he recognizes my car, plus I always park in the same spot, far away from the beginning of the trail to add more steps to that day’s trek.
For you newer followers, Parker has been in my world and the subject of many blog posts the past four years. I named this cute Fox squirrel Parker for a couple of reasons. He is fond of parking his furry butt on the toe tip of my walking shoes –not all the time, just when he is trying to get my attention if I am speaking to somebody, or he thinks I’m ignoring him. Parker is like a mischievous toddler who thinks the world revolves around them. I’m not complaining about Parker’s antics though because I indulge my furry friend every chance I get.
Parker’s moniker is also because I’ve returned from walking on the perimeter path only to find my peanut pal’s stubby body parked next to the driver’s side of the car to ensure I don’t miss him before I depart for good. Sometimes this is after I’ve given him peanuts on the path.
I was happy to see Parker and take these pictures to add to my “Just a Girl and her Squirrel” collection. While I often go to larger parks on a Saturday morning, a severe weather threat kept me close to home on that day. My new weather radio woke me out of a sound sleep at 4:00 a.m. because of a flood watch warning. The series of screechy tones, then a robo voice informed me that a flood watch would go into effect later in the day and torrential downpours were expected by early afternoon.
I already knew about the heavy rain and believed I could be home before it started, but, since I’m a weather worrier, I scratched my plans and Council Point Park became the destination instead. We did get two inches of rain in about 12 hours’ time.
I’ll just wait for you by the car door, okay?
Good thing Parker is so short, or I’d have swung open the car door and clipped the side of his head! I opened the door to get out and there he was, creeping under the door toward me! I said “hold that pose Parker!” and I grabbed the camera.
“Hi there sweetie” I crooned at him. “Come over and see what Linda has for you.”
While he waited patiently, I reached over and dug into my Ziploc bag of peanuts and scattered some at his feet – he was happy and I didn’t even get out of my seat to take these photos.
This little squirrel had better watch out – one day I’m going to scoop him up and carry him home. Penelope Squirrel, his main squeeze, (seen below when the pair went to bury some of the peanuts), may have something to say about that though. 🙂