Saturday, September 20, 2008

A Squirrel was in my STORE!

Yesterday when I was opening my family consignment store I got quite the surprise. In fact, I think my heart tried to jump out of my chest. I was rounding the corner to go into my back room to put something away and a squirrel jumped out of one of my racks. I froze, or maybe jumped I could have even screamed but I am not sure. I wanted to run and it certainly did, actually it seemed to fly. I didn’t run because I wanted to see where it was going so that I didn’t get surprised again. So inside my head was bonking back and forth STAY, RUN, STAY, and RUN
Of course my practical side stood its ground so that I could see where the little bugger decided to land. It almost seemed like he could fly. He went from rack to rack to wall and then to the window. He was hanging onto the trim and just scratching at the window with one hand. The whole thing reminded me of Hammy for the movie OVER THE HEDGE
I decided the smart thing for me to do was to find a way out for him. I opened my back door and he didn’t seem inclined to leave that way. He didn’t seem to want to move away from the window at all. I know they are small furry creatures that actually look quite cute but when they are jumping all over your store they seem more like rapid little rodents. To continue, I decided I would try to slide the window open so I ventured away quite quickly to get the broom and when I came back he was still there. I slowly moved the pole towards him and the window and he went jumping back the other way. Which of course made me want to jump and run? I didn’t, I just slowly slide the window opened and circle wide around him to encourage him to go back towards the window. He got the idea and went flying towards the open window and missed. Smacked straight into the glass and then fell to the ground, jumped back up and decided on a different route. He tried again and just barely made it by two claws. So he is hanging there holding on with all his might and trying to climb the glass with his hind legs just pumping away. By this point I am cheering him on “Come On little fellow you can do it” (I was still gripping the broom just in case he changed routes) and HE DID finally make it out the window which I promptly shut along with the back door.
I spent the rest of the day on edge and peering around all the corners. I was especially loud and noisy too. I am sure he was as scared as I was but I hope to never see him again. I am not sure how he got in but I do leave my doors open all the time. I am thinking that maybe I locked him in for the night. I also thing I will leave all my doors closed for awhile.


Ruth said...

The poor frightened squirrel! I'm glad nobody got hurt. :)

Cathe Holden said...

I know what I would've done: peed my pants! Oh man, freak out!!