An alert fan brought National Squirrel Appreciation Day (every January 21) to Hank’s attention this afternoon, after he had indeed spent an hour or two outside appreciating his plump friends and wishing he could celebrate National Hug Day with them. Imagine the coincidence! Though none of his bushy-tailed buddies came in for a squeeze, Hank thinks they still felt the love. This and every day.
Hank also celebrated todays mobbing crow and eagle visitors, last night’s acrobatic raccoon babies and the local coyotes apparently padding around Phinney Ridge this week. He wishes them all giant hugs and other fine things.
Hank appreciates you today, too.
What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wildness yet.
Gerard Manley Hopkins