Early yesterday morning, I glanced out the window to check on Uriah. He was sitting in the bright morning sunshine; his head cocked to one side his ears up and forwards watching something near the line of trees.
Blinking I tried to focus on what caught his attention. I looked at the burn pile where green and beige grass stood up in uneven tuffs, dried branches and a pile of cuttings from the vegetable garden flopped over haphazardly.
I could see nothing out of the ordinary.
I looked back at Uriah. He was still staring; his head at a tilted angle, with his left ear pointing at the ground.
I tried again to focus, again. This time past the burn pile along the tree line. Fifty feet away there was a fuzzy grey squirrel, he was laying along the ground with his front paws on an acorn squash. I could see bright yellow splotches on the dark, dark green squash.
I blinked, then rubbed my eyes as the squirrel stood up off the ground, stood on the squash and jumped up, his downward pounce had the acorn squash roll slightly and he fell off.
The squirrel stood for a moment, staring at the squash. Positioned himself on the side towards the house, reached out slowly and put his front paws on the squash and pushed.
The squash rolled forward. He fell on his face, prone on the ground, back legs stretched out behind him front paws still touching the vegetable. Then, that squirrel jumped up, landed on top the squash and held on with his nails, as it rolled, very slowly, away from the burn pile, with the squirrel attached so he fell on the opposite side.
At this point I noticed I had tilted my head like Uriah, in a, what the..!!, stance.
I watched for a few more moments as that fuzzy grey squirrel circled the squash, with his tail flipping, analyzing the situation.
I called Uriah, he looked up at me, then back at the squirrel. He eyes rolled up towards me, then back at the squirrel. Like he was saying, “Can you believe this?
I decided I needed coffee I was hallucinating.
Photograph and upload by John Delano, of Hammond, Indiana