The other day, my wife called to me to come out
in the backyard to see my Buddha wearing a "coon-skin hat." When I came
out, it did look like my Buddha was trying to be Davy Crockett, as there
was a Red squirrel (tamiasciurus hudsonicus) perched on top of his head.
The squirrel obviously enjoyed the viewed, as he was there long enough for
me to go get my camera and return to take a number of pictures of him.
I put his large statue in the center of my garden to bring a sort of
calmness to my thoughts-- a message to be undisturbed in the midst of the
swirling chaos I call my life. How could one be more undisturbed than to
let a squirrel squat on your head?
To be completely honest, when I placed this statue in my garden, I fully
expected to spend a lot of time giving Buddha a shampoo to get the bird
crap out. But surprisingly, the birds have had quite a bit of respect for
him. Either that, or there are just so many other targets around. But for
all the time this squirrel roosted there, he didn't poop on him either.
That's nice of wildlife, not to shit on what we like.
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