I want you to look at this very unremarkable picture and see “Only The Good” in it. Before I began posting “good” on Friday, this was the way that Marcia had begun the meme. She posted a picture, and we all tried to see what was good about it … because you have to practice to be able to find good in the mundane.
I didn’t intend to post today, because I am supposed to be rehearsing stories, but this post “fell out,” so to speak. Yes, that is a squirrel’s tail sticking out of that drainpipe. It was attached to a terrified and very lucky rodent.
We had been trying to get dressed to go to a dinner party yesterday evening when we heard a horrible ruckus. It sounded like someone banging two garbage cans together. In our robes we dashed outside to find that drainpipe vibrating. The noise was emanating from the pipe, and we knew a creature was trapped inside.
You see, where that squirrel’s tail is now there was a U-shaped pipe that connected to a twenty-foot length of drainpipe that carried rainwater to the edge of our house. The squirrel had fallen into the drainpipe on the roof and couldn’t climb back up. We realized that the U-shaped pipe must be clogged! I raced into the house for a screwdriver, and my husband was able to undo the pipe and pull it away.
We unclogged it, but now heard no sound at all from the pipe. I thought the poor critter must have died from shock inside the pipe. I’m afraid that would have been bad news for the squirrel AND for us.
As we finished getting dressed, I kept peeping out the door to see if the critter had climbed out, then I saw the tail drop down. About ten minutes later, it had backed out far enough to show its haunches, but it was still too petrified to exit the pipe completely. Of course, it couldn’t realize that we meant it no harm … and he probably thought we were planning on having him for dinner.
I snapped a picture and we went on our way to Dallas. The squirrel was gone when we came home, and I’m just assuming there was a happy ending.
Now, having a rodent in the drainpipe is NOT good. But, that squirrel’s timing was excellent. If he had waited thirty minutes to fall into that drainpipe we would have been gone and he would have died. We wouldn’t have known it had happened until his carcass got “ripe.”
Timing is everything, y’all. This squirrel actually did us a favor, too: now our drainpipe is unclogged just in time for the autumn rains!
That’s my “good” for today. Now I am turning off the computer, because The Muse and I are going to rehearse five ghost stories and write a workshop for teachers today. Tell me something good that’s happened in your world, or visit these fine folks who also post good on Fridays:
RV Poetry; Candid Karina; All My Great, or Not So Great Adventures; Inside Mo’s Mind; Thorne’s World; Down River Drivel; Duward Discussion; Ramblings of an Unstable Mind; Insightful Nana; Newbie Lifeline; Everyday Tarot; West of Mars; Life’s Journey; Round Circle; Barbara’s Travels; Blog of Revelation; Desert Diva; Blogjem