Several days ago I was out for a stroll. As I walked down this beautiful well treed street I became aware of a rather discordant noise. Somebody was screaming at somebody. As I got underneath this particularly verdant tree I discovered party one. Now I don’t know who or what had annoyed this individual but he or she was thoroughly pissed off!
I should probably point out that the individual in question was a chipmunk. He was literally screeching! For sake of brevity I’m going use a male pronoun because I hate flipping back and forth. Now this individual had one look at me and stopped. So we had a little eye contact and a few seconds of “who the hell are you?”. And then he started screaming at me. But it was different. It wasn’t as loud and it was of shorter duration. It was still incredibly high-pitched. So I asked him what he was bitching about and he responded with a screech and then he stopped and looked at me. I asked him another question and I kid you not he responded and then he stopped and looked at me. It was almost as if we were having a conversation.
Yes I understand we are different species. We don’t speak the same language. But don’t you sometimes feel that you communicate with the animals around you? For the most part I am referring to the animals that share our immediate world. We have companions with our dogs, our cats and other animals. Over the years I’ve had a great many animals share my life. I have lived with fish, birds, cats and dogs. And a few human males that fall in that category but I digress. Especially with dogs and in some cases cats we develop a language that we both understand simply by virtue of the fact we spend so much time together. What about the wild animals that we share this big world with. There is no danger from a chipmunk, for the most part. And we do share a world with a great many of them. It stands to reason that they have come to understand us while we are for the most part ignorant about them.
I felt that I had gained something from that pseudo-conversation under the big tree. Each time I’ve gone past that spot I stop and look to see if that chipmunk is back. While I might want a relationship I’m pretty sure he only saw me as an annoyance. Whether he likes it or not we share this world and I’m not leaving anytime soon.
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