In fact, it’s become a daily occurrence just outside of our kitchen window. Not only do we have several different bird species making our humble birdfeeder their daily breakfast, lunch & dinner stop, but we have a couple of brazen squirrels on the scene as well. They climb up the tree, out onto the branch and suspend themselves, sometimes upside down, in such a way as to tip birdseed into their mouths or down to a waiting accomplice below.
The boys like watching them as much as they like scaring them away. It’s only a couple of minutes before they’re back performing their stunts. I wonder if I can train them and put on shows around the neighborhood. Involving the boys would make it even more lucrative – two cute kids and two (sometimes three) acrobatic, fearless woodland creatures. There’s something there.
In this economic climate, the little buggers have to do something to earn their keep.
The squirrels, that is.
This doesn't need much explaining. Vincent can now climb the walls. And door frames. This is about two weeks old and since then, he's reached the very top before realizing it's a little high to jump down on his own. That's where we come in. It's really impressive to watch, actually. I don't think I've seen a kid do this.
Rose likens him to the banana tree dudes.
As you can see, it's only a matter of time before his brother follows in his adhesive footsteps.
Vincent overhearing, mockingly: "The Pieshy Store, Pete?! The Pieshy Store! (laughing)"
Vincent joined me outside while Pete was napping and set out to helping me. What typically happens during this process is when I get a bag nearly full, I call out for some “stomping help.” One of the boys runs over, I pick him up and use his body as a flattening device, holding him and jumping him up and down on top of the leaves. They love it and it’s productive!
This activity is typically accompanied by the chant, "Buuucket. Heeeaaad. Buuucket. Heeaddd."
They even have different sized buckets for their individual noggins. Although, if they take after their father, they're both gonna need an XXL before long. And they're possessive about it. If Vincent takes Peter's bucket, he'll be met with a, "MY BUCKET HEAD! MY BUCKETHEAAAD!"
Is this activity a product of winter's stronghold on the mid-Atlantic?
Most assuredly so.
It's still awesome, though.
1. Crucifix in socket - b. Peter.
2. Nerds distribution - d. both a & b
3. Elevator escape - d. Vincent
4. Hurling crackers - b. Peter
5. Farting & laughing - a. Peter
6. Fountain - b. Vincent
7. Drywall excavation - d. Peter
8. Sleeping - d. Vincent
How'd you do? Interesting that many of you thought the list belonged solely to Pete. That doesn't say much for how I've painted him here. Poor Pete.