Letter - August 2001
Squirrel population of the Rectory garden continues to thrive.
One by one, birdfeeders are first raided, then carried off and their
mangled remains discovered chewed-up and empty in the wild area at the bottom of
the garden. Our attempts to attract
the Nuthatch and Woodpecker are greatly appreciated by these little bushy-tailed
vandals, who grow fat on our sunflower seeds and peanuts.
on the look out for fresh opportunities, they have tried something new by
breaking into the Guinea Pig run and raiding the food bowls of our two slightly
bemused and overweight Cavies. These
gentle giants just sit back and chew the cud as empty-headedly as ever, whilst
their daily bread rapidly disappears down the throat of a greedy distant cousin.
weekend, to our great consternation, we came out found a Squirrel trapped in the
run. It flew about furiously
dashing itself into the netting, flinging itself from one fenced side to another
in an aggressive panic. The Guinea
Pigs in the meantime just sat and watched and chewed.
I wondered, would such an inventive resourceful creature not do the obvious
thing and simply get out the way it came in?
But perhaps when we get things wrong the obvious solutions are the
hardest to see?
have concluded that the antics of humanity must look to the Creator very much
like the activities of the Squirrel in our garden.
So much talent and resourcefulness applied to so much self-centred
activity. And when we discover
ourselves caught within a trap of our own making, how unwilling we are to take
the obvious route to freedom.
Our hope can only be that the hands of the Creator are at least as willing to assist mankind out of its mess as ours were to give the Squirrel his freedom. But like so many of us, I suspect our Squirrel will struggle to learn his lesson!
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