One day, this little guy (or gal) showed up on our deck. He probably visited before, but if he did, he didn't look the same. Now something was missing. What a tale his tail could tell! Growing up, it helped its owner keep its balance when scrambling along power lines and through the trees. When sitting still, it curled over its back to give it shade and camouflage from its enemies. It curled over its owner's nose, helping to keep him warm in its leafy nest through long winter nights. Then one day, it made the ultimate sacrifice. It gave itself up to a predator in hot pursuit in order to spare its owner. Now the little gray squirrel presses on, handicapped but without complaint. A good lesson to us all: life goes on, make the most of it.
Brent Langley is an internationally known artist who enjoys sharing his views on art and nature.