Squirrel Appreciation Day

Dear Liza,

Last Friday was Squirrel Appreciation Day! I know, I hadn’t heard of it, either. But any reason to have a special day in chilly January is good enough for me.

We took some peanuts on our walk to the market and left them along the fences. And for the most special part, we stopped at these small squirrel statues in front of some apartments, and we left more nuts there.

I know some people don’t like squirrels, and with reason. They chew on wires, nest in attics, and have no understanding of personal boundaries. But I’ve never had a problem with them. I’ve even re-written one of my favorite songs from Mary Poppins to honor our nutsy friends.


We feed the squirrels, a peanut or two

Though some folks don’t always like what they do.

Yes, we feed the squirrels,

Those fluffy- tailed squires

While overhead they run on the wires


All around our great city

They hop and they scamper

They hide behind ev-ry tree

They mate in your attic and nibble your drywall

But they always seem cheerful to me…..

So, feed the squirrels, that’s what I say

Their antics will always brighten my day

Yes, feed the squirrels, that’s what you should do,

Walnuts, or acorns, or a peanut or two.

I hope you enjoy whatever the day brings you.


Grandma Judy

Author: Judy

I am a new transplant to Portland from Salinas, a small city in Central California. This is a blog about my new city.

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