June 12, 2014 at 10:40 pm , by Nick Shell
3 years, 6 months.
While sitting in the back seat, sometimes you are able to see squirrels dart out in front of our car as they attempt to frantically cross the street.
Each time that happens, you always ask me, “Daddy, did you run over that squirrel?”
Fortunately, so far, each time, I’ve been able to explain to you that the squirrel crossed the street in time.
Though I’m sure from your perspective in the back seat, it probably appears that I indeed am running over the squirrel.
I’ve yet to hit an animal with you in the car.
In fact, in the past month, I have actually saved the lives of two creatures: a baby bird and a baby turtle.
While mountain biking during my lunch break, I have come across animals that would be destined to become roadkill, or at least “sidewalk kill” if I didn’t intervene.
I just stopped on the sidewalk, picked up the animal, and helped it across to the other side.
So as your Daddy, that’s one of the things you know me for: saving animals.
Even bugs- I try not to kill a bug if I can just throw it outside in the grass. The way I see it, I’m contributing to the circle of life. That bug is some other creature’s dinner. Why should I interfere by killing it and throwing it in the toilet?
You would almost think that as much as I apparently care about animals, being a vegan and all, that we would have a family pet.
But we don’t. You have plenty of stuffed animals who you pretend are not only real but that they are also able to speak to you.
If we’re lucky, I won’t have to “run over” any squirrels on our drives to and from school. But thank you for always asking. You’re just as concerned as I am.
Sure, roadkill contributes to the circle of life by giving possums and vultures their dinner…
But still, I’d rather that happen more naturally than a vehicle with us inside to be the cause of it.