The new hearing aids
Saturday July 27th 2013, 6:32 pm
Filed under: Life,Wildlife

I suddenly had a horde of squirrels a few minutes ago. The birds had eaten all the safflower, and the bit of sunflower at the bottom of the feeder for the goldfinches was not only exposed, it was all that was left and the bushytails called all their buddies to celebrate their find.

Well heck I could use the exercise anyway. To teach them not to be the swaggering city rodents they were acting like, I opened the door (yeah lady? You and what dog? You can’t fool us, they’re gone now) and I chased the two that went in the same direction back to a tree.

They yelled squirrelly expletives at me all the way up once they hit the safety of higher-than-me, still running (but they didn’t come back).

That moment was worth every bit of the silliness that brought me to it:

Wait. Chittering squirrels.

Over all the years and all the previous hearing aids, I haven’t heard that sound since I was a kid. I instantly knew what it was, it seemed a perfectly ordinary thing, and then it hit me.


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Heh. Everything in perspective. I would never have thought about missing squirrel chatter.

(Foul-mouthed little things, aren’t they?! Mine are just RUDE.)

Comment by Channon 07.28.13 @ 6:27 am

Miracles in small packages.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 07.28.13 @ 7:44 am

Wow indeed!

You join your grandson in the (re)discovery of sounds: one more thing to enjoy with them! 🙂

Comment by Suzanne in Montreal 07.28.13 @ 7:51 am

Your being able to hear the squirrels reminds me of a joke. An elderly man is always being pestered by his family to get hearing aids, but he ignores them. Then one day, without telling anyone, he goes to an audiologist and is fitted with very inconspicuous aids. He is told to come back in a month for any necessary adjustment. When he does come back a month later, the audiologist asks him what his family thinks of his new aids. “Oh, I haven’t told them,” he says. “I’ve already changed my will three times.”

Comment by Donald Meyer 07.28.13 @ 9:57 am

May your day be filled with sounds you want to hear and joy in the life around you. Turn off the hearing aids should you get telemarketers – waste of electricity to listen to them

Comment by Holly 07.28.13 @ 2:09 pm

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