I work in social services….
Hard work, little pay and “rewarding.” Days can be long and unpredictable. Regardless how our days go, one bright spot is a constant. Everyday, we get a visit from a spry little squirrel who we call “Pinky.”
Around the same times daily, Pinky the Squirrel will come to our window, tap on it and cling to the screen until we make eye contact. Once she makes eye contact, we roll up the window. As we open the container of peanuts that we keep on the sill, she patiently waits until we feed her…by hand! Yep, she’ll take the nuts right out of our hands!
Clients and coworkers alike love Pinky’s visits! I work with two vegetarians and several omnivores. Pinky’s presence may subtly breed compassion and kindness. We all love when she stops by to say “Hello!” We all shout “Pinky’s here!” Since she’s here all the time, we remark how smart and wily she is: facets of rodents that most people never see.
Carm even has taken to Pinky when she stops by for lunch or drops me off/picks me up at the office. You have seen some of her photos and videos of Pinky on Instagram or Periscope. They’ve become good friends!
As we work with our clients, we’re learning more about compassion for our fellow humans and non-humans alike. Pinky’s teaching us these things.
With that, we’d like to dedicate this special Top 10 list to Pinky the Squirrel!
Top 10 Lessons We’ve Learned from Pinky the Squirrel
1. A simple hello can make your day all the better!
2. Make time to enjoy the little things in life!
Day 68 of #100happydays: Pinky the Squirrel is just hanging around, waiting on snack time. #happy #happiness #100daysofhappiness #officepet A photo posted by The Food Duo Ⓥ (@thefoodduo) on
4. Be a good neighbor!
5. Sometimes you feel like a nut. Sometimes you don’t!
Carm’s Day 19 of #100HappyDays! Enjoying the morning with Pinky the Squirrel! #happy #Happiness #100DaysofHappy #CompassionForAll #fortheanimals #vegansofig #vegansofig #vegans #vegan A photo posted by The Food Duo Ⓥ (@thefoodduo) on
6. Opportunity knocks!
7. Climb high to reach new heights!
Day 75 of #100happydays: Pinky says “Hello, everybody” from her tree! #happy #happiness #100daysofhappiness #officepet #officesquirrel #pinkythesquirrel A photo posted by The Food Duo Ⓥ (@thefoodduo) on
8. Don’t sweat the small stuff!
Pinky does her thing! Whatever that is? We don’t know! She just takes charge. #squirrel #officesquirrel #officepet #fortheanimals #friendnotfood #friendsnotfood A photo posted by The Food Duo Ⓥ (@thefoodduo) on
9. Be patient and good things will come!
Dinner with Pinky! #squirrel #officepet #cuteness #peanut #friendsnotfood A video posted by The Food Duo Ⓥ (@thefoodduo) on
10. Friendship extends beyond species!
Pinky is Carlo’s office mate & friend! She stopped by for brunch her day off. #squirrel #fortheanimals #vegan #vegansofig #vegansofinstagram #veganfoodchat A photo posted by The Food Duo Ⓥ (@thefoodduo) on