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It's Squirrel Appreciation Day

Here's a holiday that probably didn't make it onto your calendar: Today is Squirrel Appreciation Day. Squirrels and I have had our differences, mainly when they pillage pears from my tree every July. They're not even ripe at that time, so I don't know why they take them, but they do. And what's worse, they don't eat what they steal. They're like toddlers who take a bite of a chocolate, put it back into the box and take another, littering my deck railing with pears that only have a bite taken out of them.

That said, I think I can rise above our discordance for one day and give a shout-out to the rabies-carrying, fruit-stealing, garbage-picking, bird-chasing rodents, though you won't catch me using words like "honor" or "homage" or "commemorate" in the same sentence.

According to, which keeps track of such calendar fixtures, "Christy Hargrove of Asheville, North Carolina, started Squirrel Appreciation Day on January 21, 2001. Christy is a wildlife rehabilitator in North Carolina, and is is affiliated with the Western North Carolina Nature Center."

And Hargrove obviously doesn't have a garden.

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