my neighbor the squirrel
November 5, 2007
I sleep on the floor.
The movers moved me out Sunday night but could not move me in till Monday afternoon. So I sleep on the floor [do not do this when you are sore from packing and moving] to be here for the cable man, the gas man, and the mover men bringing my stuff back the next afternoon.
The next morning I am lying on the floor. Kind of dazed and exhausted from the move thing. Half inside the apartment. Half outside on the balcony —
[That means my legs are on balcony in sun but the rest of me is lying on carpet inside staring at ceiling. That is not where I slept it is just where I ended up the next morning.]
And I hear a squirrel talking.
There is this big utility pole outside the balcony and I looked at it after I first got here and thought, That is not feng shui kind of missed that on the first pass through hmm.
But now I am lying half on the balcony, half not, waiting for mayhem to hit, and I hear the squirrel talking.
Not yelling the way squirrels do when they get mad. Just low volume squirrel muttering.
I lie there a while, just sort of absorbing everything and being dislocated, but finally I get curious about the squirrel talk and start to look for him.
He is a gray squirrel and he is sunbathing on one of the t–bars of the utilities pole. The t-bar is exactly the same gray as he is it is weathered silvered wood. And he is lying on his stomache, blending and absorbing sun and his mutter is like someone getting a good back rub saying, Yes, right there.
The squirrel checks me out every once in a while. Making sure I am not dangerous. And adjusts positions every once in a while. Making sure maximum squirrel is getting maximum sun.
Some finches come and sit on the wires and that makes him mad, he gets up and curses them out till they fly away.
This is his spot.
They fly away and he settles back. And I settle back. And we lie there a long time.
Then his interior squirrel alarm goes off and he goes away to do squirrel stuff.
I miss him a little after he leaves.
Soon my phone rings and it is time to go do things apartment and I go away too.