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Nursery Chip on the Sill

by Lakshmi Menon
(Bangalore)


Every morning in the past month, I have been waking up to the chirping of the baby squirrels, housed on my bedroom window. A few days ago, I had noticed a coconut-sized nest coming up near the half-open window between the mosquito shutter and the glass pane, at my second floor apartment. Though the cute little nest, made out of coir fibres and old cloth pieces, was attractive, I was tempted to remove it at once. I had even armed myself with a stick to push the nest off its moorings. Suddenly, the mother in me took charge and led me away from the temptation to destroy the nest.


I then considered the trouble the squirrel must have taken to build the nest. She must have been looking for a safe shelter to litter. Making the nest must have been a tough job, unlike destruction.

My patient wait for the babies' arrival began then. After few days I heard chirping noises from the nest and when I observed it I saw two baby squirrels inside, with half-opened eyes, as if winking at you. They were grey colored with stubby hair and white stripes on the back. The mother squirrel was away. I felt very glad for not having removed the nest.

Since then, every morning I spent some time watching them before going to the kitchen. I kept tabs on their growth just like as I had done with my own growing children. It was a rewarding experience. Every night the mother used to return with food for them. Since I would not be home during the day, I wouldn't know whether she used to visit her babies during day time to ensure that they were safe. The rice grains I used to leave there would be gone by the time I returned. So I supposed she did pay such visits.

My daughter, in the midst of her studies, found time to observe them. She enjoyed their presence and named them Chip and Dale. She had no other pets. So for her it was a wonderful diversion from studies.

As days passed, I was elated to see the baby squirrels playing all over the window. Luckily, there was no threat of crows or eagles harming them for their mother had chosen the site for the nest with great care. Our apartment had no resident cats.

Before retiring to bed, I could hear chirping too. Of course, it was a little irritating at times but I soon got used to. Often I would get up at night to ensure their safety. Soon we became quite friendly.

When Chip and Dale grew big enough to face the world alone, they too left the nest and their mother. The nest is empty now and so is a tiny corner of my heart.


(This article was published in Deccan Herald on 26.12.1998)

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Mar 19, 2011
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SUCH A CUTE LITTLE STORY
by: Geetashree Chatterjee

I remember my rented flat in the same block where I have my own now. Its location was enviable. It fronted a small and a big MCD part on its right side. The latter was part of an MCD school. My bedroom was just next to this big park. Every morning I would be woken by chirping birds. It was such a musical beginning to the day! Your story took me back in time! A squirrel nowadays does venture in as my flat now also front a small park. Some days it is bold enough to come right up to the entrance door. But I have a pet too and I don't know what his reaction will be if the squirrel enters my household undaunted.

Jan 18, 2011
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High intensity tenderness
by: Tanuja Chatterjee

Hi!
Now I know why the world looks so beautiful and inspiring! A heart full of empathy is noble for it encourages others to see and appreciate beauty all around. I am fortunate to have found a place amidst such fragrant hearts that mine too beats with the same passion now!

Dec 18, 2010
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Thanks Sneha
by: Lakshmi

Thank you Sneha for reading and making such a touching comment. It made my day!! I'm glad you liked it.

Dec 18, 2010
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Nursery Chip on the Sill
by: Sneha

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful !

Each time I read an article for yours, I'm awe-filled. You have a sensitive mind and a caring and nurturing heart.

Dec 16, 2010
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Thanks Vidhya
by: Lakshmi

Thanks Vidhya for reading the story and leaving a comment. I'm glad to know that you liked it.

Dec 16, 2010
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Thanks Sandhya
by: Lakshmi

Thanks Sandhya for reading the story and leaving a comment.

Dec 16, 2010
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Hi Vimala
by: Lakshmi

Hi Vimala, Since it was years back you would have missed it or forgotten about it.

Dec 15, 2010
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Well written!
by: Vidhya

Really interesting and touching. Hope to see more such articles from you.

Dec 12, 2010
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Beautiful!!
by: Sandhya

Another great work!! Very touching!!

Dec 12, 2010
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touching
by: vimala ramu

How did I miss such a touching article in DH?!

Dec 09, 2010
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Thanks Padmaja
by: Lakshmi

Thank you Padmaja for reading it, and I'm happy to know you liked it.

Dec 09, 2010
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Thanks
by: Lakshmi

Thanks Anonymous for reading the article and making the comment.

Dec 01, 2010
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hi
by: padmaja

so cute and congrats

Nov 27, 2010
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Great work!
by: Anonymous

Such a touching article! Great work.

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