Brother Henry has requested that today be officially declared “Scared Squirrel Sunday”. It all started this morning when he was sitting in the window looking out at our back fence. I heard him get all excited and start using his “kitty machine gun” noises on something. Suddenly he shouted, “LEADER OTIS! IT’S A SQUIRREL!”, then, lowering his voice, he continued, “… I think she sees me…”
Brother Henry was silent for a few seconds, and then he said, “Yes, she definitely sees me. Ha! I bet she is really scared to see such a threatening predator eyeballing her! Wait, here she comes.” I looked over Brother Henry’s shoulder and saw that the squirrel was moving closer.
Brother Henry tensed. He said, “That’s right little squirrel… tremble before the mighty hunter…” But it didn’t look like the squirrel was trembling to Me. She actually came as close as she could on the fence, and then stared right at Brother Henry.
As Brother Henry stared back at the squirrel, he said, “Yes, look into my eyes. Do you see it? It is your doom…” The squirrel turned away and Brother Henry said, “Ha! She is so frightened she can’t even look at me!” The squirrel started grooming with her back to Brother Henry. She still didn’t look very scared to me.
After grooming for several minutes, the squirrel left. As her tail disappeared over the fence, Brother Henry said, “That’s right little one. Run away. The window has saved you yet again…” The funny thing was though, she wasn’t really running. She seemed to just be walking away at a normal pace.
After the squirrel disappeared, Brother Henry turned to Me and said, “I almost feel sorry for the poor little thing. She probably won’t even be able to sleep tonight after such a scary encounter!” He then asked Me if today could be “Scared Squirrel Sunday”. Brother Henry asks for so little, I decided it would be OK to grant his request. As I walked away though, I couldn’t resist saying, “Yes, Brother Henry, today is now officially ‘Scared Squirrel Sunday’. If that squirrel comes back though, could you please take it easy on her? I think just the sight of you almost gave her a heart attack!”
Upon hearing that, Brother Henry began to purr loudly. He always has had trouble recognizing sarcasm.
So Sayeth Otis