Dear Reader, so much has happened since we last communicated, ‘way back in June of 2015. Had I been blogging in August you would have met our tame chipmunk, a very sweet and sassy fellow who took over our hearts.
Since you and I are now reacquainted, you must meet Chippy. In all the years we’ve lived in the north woods of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, we’ve never met a tame chipmunk.
This guy initially crept forward to snatch the proffered sunflower seeds, slowly, slowly,then less cautiously, then–nibble, nibble, nibble. GULP!
The next day he ran forward and up my knee. Oh yum! he said, Can I have some more? He stuffed his mouth to the brim. Five seeds, twenty seeds, forty seeds. He’d run up and down our legs, our arms, anywhere a stray sunflower seed roosted. Then off he’d leap toward the garden–hello, goodbye, see you tomorrow!
One day Barry arrived from work and held out his hands, smiling, saying, “Sorry, Chippy, no seeds!” Chippy looked at him in disbelief, scurried up his leg toward the open hands, searched for the non-existent seeds, peered at his face in annoyance, and abruptly bit his hand. He then glared, stomped his little feet, and ran off toward the wood pile without looking back.
(Last time we held out our empty hands to him!)
Today I am going to show you the sideways tame chipmunk caper. It will be a test of our friendship. Because it has proved impossible to turn the video around with technological savvy, you’ll have to watch Chippy climb all over Barry from a sideways angle.
If you’re already in love with Chippy’s antics, turn your computer sideways. I promise you’ll adore him as much as we do.
OK, 46 seconds of sweet mush, yes? Here’s the rub, my friends. We do not know if Chippy survived the winter. We do not know if he survived the fall. We haven’t seen him since last October. We are waiting with bated breath to see if he appears with the robins, the wildflowers and the spring peepers.
We’re waiting to see if he was a crafty fellow who survived from an excess of seeds–of it he was TOO trusting. What do you think?