We are asked to creature a story in only 6 minutes inspired by the image below.
Chips wondered what the heck was going on. Two and a half years ago he was born during a time of plenty.
There were obstacles to be avoided then, but the eats were everywhere.
Now, the dogs he had once needed to trick were shut-in during the day and the ‘people behind the windows’ who kept the offerings of nuts, bread, and donuts coming daily, weren’t around anymore.
What had changed?
The house windows were dark now. The driveways were empty. And the audience he once showed off his gymnastic skills to wasn’t tapping on the glass. The worse change was the uptick in road traffic which was a new misery to the squirrel community.
This must be what his dad had called “the leaner days”.
People just can’t be counted on to be consistent.
10 thoughts on “Simply 6-Minutes Challenge 3/28/23 Post Pandemic Recession: A Squirrel’s Tale”
👏👏 This is so well done from the squirrel’s perspective. I think many of us can relate to the squirrel’s emotions and the loss of fun and plenty that he noted. The last line is perfect.
I’m so pleased that you enjoyed it. It’s always a pleasant surprise when story just jumps out of an image. ❤
The squirrel is right, people are not consistent. At least not in consideration of others, human or animal.
Thanks…we’re a strange ‘animal’ indeed.
A great take Susan
Much appreciated, Di. ❤
I don’t think many animals were affected by Covid except for people not going out to buy seed and nut for their feeders. I wrote a story I am trying to get published for children about loss and it is about a little squirrel who “inadvertently” gets hit by a car. I say that because it is only implied in the story. Nothing too grotesque for the little guys!
Lots of people adopted pets during lockdowns only to relinquish them when the economy took a nosedive. Very tragic for many animals!
Going on the Humane Society’s website is heartbreaking. There was a dog that has been there for 2 years. My vet used to work there and she said the only negative is that because they don’t put down any animals, if they are aggressive and not adoptable they just stay in the kennels. That’s not nice either
Reblogged this on Stine Writing and commented:
Susan knows even the squirrels felt the effects of Covid