Say you’re sorry, show they matter
Wednesday April 02nd 2014, 10:17 pm
Filed under: Life,Wildlife

Have you ever read something so good, so powerful, and so important that you immediately wanted everybody else to read it? And it’s not just for children–it’s for all of us.

Meantime, on a totally different note, lesson learned: a big heavy empty glass jar of peanut butter put outside for the squirrels to clean up for recycling is a hoot to watch, but the small plastic one? Not so much. One good taste and the thing knew he had to hide this treasure immediately and it was small enough that he could. Amazingly fast with it up the tree, across the shed roof, and maybe leaping to the redwood from there? Blink and he was gone. I really didn’t want him stowing plastic.

He’s just lucky he let go when the raven spotted it. I found it half-floating in the rainwater at the curb in front of the house, one long viciously-stabby black beak deep inside, a scavenger hunt won and not a bushytail in sight daring to challenge.

So that’s why it swooped across my yard…. They never come here.

We don’t feed ravens. They harass my hawk. And now that that one knows what the stuff in there tastes like, no more squirrels sneaking up on each other’s exposed backsides and wild leaps away. No more peanut butter jars.

(To the neighbors: I’m sorry I put it out there. It was wrong to have my trash show up in the street we share. In the future I will stick to birdseed. And hopefully you didn’t see that.)

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That link was excellent. What a great way to help kids say sorry when they don’t know a way to express it. When they become teens, I’m sure they can tweak the words to convey the same message. In fact, tweaking the message for teens would be a great thing, tailored for each school.

And I’m planning to use the last of some peanut butter soon but I’d never leave it out, not with our local RAT population.

Comment by LynnM 04.03.14 @ 9:25 am

Nice link. And funny squirrels! Didn’t anyone ever teach them not to litter?!?

Comment by Pam 04.03.14 @ 2:26 pm

Wonderful advice! All these years later, we still mock my stepson’s signature, lip-service-only, insincere “sorry”… I can only hope he’s outgrown it!

Comment by Channon 04.05.14 @ 9:14 am

I love the apology link. Something for all of us to learn from – adults and children.

Comment by Pegi 04.06.14 @ 5:39 am

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