The Persistent Squirrel

Hi, Mr. Nature here again.

Have you ever wondered how squirrels can know how to build their nests, way up there in the treetops? I mean, I doubt the mother squirrel actually teaches them.

Well, today I found out.

I saw a young squirrel climbing up a maple tree with a twig in her mouth. What was she up to? She was building a nest in a crotch formed by three main branches–nice location, plenty of support.

A moment later, the whole kit and kaboodle fell apart and a mass of little twigs and leaves rained down to the ground. And as I write this, the squirrel is collecting more twigs and preparing to start over.

So that’s how they learn to build nests–by trial and error (in this case, rather a large error). As the saying goes, experience is a good school, but the tuition is high. Still, there she is, trying again. A human being would have just sat down and cried. But the squirrel only goes back to work, and she’ll keep at it until she gets it right.

And the next time she has to build a nest, she’ll do a better job.

The lesson to be learned is too obvious to need to be said.

4 comments on “The Persistent Squirrel

  1. Animals such as this squirrel only operate on the information given by the Creator. If only human beings would just go on the strength of trust in the Almighty, things would go a lot better for us, but no, we have to complicate matters with our “human wisdom and reasoning” and thereby delay our success. ahhh…

    1. Actually, most of that is human unwisdom which can’t stand up to reasoning, and shoddy reasoning that can’t knock it down.

      If human beings were only as smart as they think they are, there’d be no problem. We’d be God’s colleagues, not His creation.
      But then there’s no one quite as stupid as an intellectual.

  2. There are innumerable ways to do something wrong, but only one way to do it right. Hard to teach this to my 16 year old, who seldom if ever would think to look before he leaps.

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