Posted in Parenting Tweets

Empty Nest Joy

on the first day of school:  the sight of my writer neighbor & I waving goodbye to our kids (and hello to our silence) for the rest of the year!

Kelly Salasin

Posted in Takes a Village

Judgmental Squirrels

APR2011_1098It’s peculiar to sit here at the computer, writing about my empty(ing) nest, while out my window, two squirrels work to build a nest in the shed.

Watching them scurry is exhausting.  Their industriousness makes it impossible to focus on my own work.

Oddly enough, they seem equally interested in me–stopping on their way from the shed to the field (and back again)–to perch on the stonewall or the clothesline to study my stillness.

“How does she sit there all day?” they ask themselves.

“Shouldn’t she be out collecting acorns for her family?”

In the face of their judgment, I consider Paris.

No doubt French squirrels mind their own business.