To collect or not to collect is not the question. How are squirrels and writers similar is the question. The furry-tailed creatures gather food and have specific caches for storage. A writer collects words, data and memories. An organized writer, like the squirrel, will have specific holes; computer files, 3X5 index cards, portfolios or slips of paper in a drawer to store the food for writing. The squirrel depends on the sense of smell to remember the location of buried morsels. The human memory and organizational skills will assume the retrieval responses needed.
The squirrel transports from tree to tree with a fluid motion and the writer segues from paragraph to paragraph with carefully chosen words. Sometimes a young squirrel will miss the branch and crash, requiring an adjustment to regain its composure and travel route. Humans, like the errant squirrel, may need to collect themselves when the words roll willy nilly and refuse to form neat rows for delightful sentences.
Young squirrels and novice writers will collect courage, regroup, and continue with writing plans. Vocalizations, either chirrups or words build bravado and facilitate learning and recovery from miscalculations.
A squirrel’s tail is the rudder that controls the balance, the parachute that regulates its movement and provides warmth and shelter like an umbrella, raincoat or blanket. A writer who collects, organizes, and assembles words is well equipped like the bushy tailed squirrel.
To collect (money) for the written product by retrieval from the writer’s collection of ideas, thoughts and data is rewarding. So like the squirrel’s collection, storage and retrieval of morsels, the activity is remunerative for all.
I don’t have a photo of a squirrel because squirrels are not as common as prairie dogs in Albuquerque, so here’s a picture of prairie dog to break up the post.
Okay, we found one. Without the background, it’s not easy to distinguish them, is it?