Late Lesson Learned

I ran over a squirrel yesterday. Me – the girl that stops in the middle of the highway to make sure the animal that was hit is not just hurt and suffering.

One day I found a rabbit with lifeless back legs, dragging itself to the side of the road. I scooped it up and kept it close to my chest , keeping it warm and willing it to keep breathing with me.The vet said it had internal bleeding and needed to be put down…but it died knowing someone cared.

Another time I was traveling in early darkness thru the mountains and came upon a small lump in the middle of the road. I slowed to a stop and it looked up at me and sighed. With the  the blanket I always keep in the car, I lifted it up and realized that the possum  seemed to be more shocked then hurt. It was too cold to leave on the side of the road- so I put it on the front seat and kept my right hand on it- Did you know that possums have  little bear ears? Yes- I ‘ve been warned that possums can hurt you- but that thought never entered my mind. This was a creature needing help–sighing as I drove–as if we had an understanding between us.

I brought it to mom’s rental cabin and gave it water- which it immediately cleaned its bloody chin with. Being a Sunday,  none of the vets or animal rescuers were available. So I left it in the sun in the back yard and an hour later it was gone. My little friend had either entered the forest behind the house to die—or to find a new place to live.

Yet  yesterday I hit a squirrel and watched it die ….
I woke up this morning remembering my dream.
The squirrel had come to me and told me to look at him as a messenger.
I need to pay more attention when I’m behind the wheel of a car.
Stay focused- don’t let my thoughts wonder.
ok – Thank you little buddy- lesson learned.


I just wish you had given it to me BEFORE I ran over you.

About lynadawn

Faux finisher certified w/ City and Guilds of London Dec Art and Restoration. Author, teacher, consultant, co-host Artistically Speaking Radio Show. Also creative brainstormer, love to laugh, latte anyone?
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8 Responses to Late Lesson Learned

  1. cindy says:

    It’s hard to stay focused with so much going on in the world. Sometimes a reminder can be a gift.

  2. Diane Corso says:

    Squirrel’s Wisdom Includes:

    Ability to solve puzzles


    Quick change of direction

    Storing for the future

    Balance in giving and receiving

    Power of rest during times of non-movement




    Avoiding danger by climbing to a higher place

    • lynadawn says:


      wow- squirrel does have a lot to teach us….the last few days other squirrels seem to be testing me. Is that why they are referred to as suicidal?

  3. debra disman says:

    So YOU Lyna…thank YOU…

  4. Nancy Rose says:

    It was beautiful that the squirrel came to you in a dream to help you release negative emotions and provide you some insight. The universe works in wonderful ways. When I moved into my new home, I ran over a mouse in my garage. didn’t even see it. My son took it upstairs, put it in one of his shirts, and tried nurturing it back to life. But it died, and he had to bury it. So it’s nice to hear that other folks are just as kind to animals. You have a great heart.

    • lynadawn says:

      Thankyou Nancy
      How loving of your son to try to help the mouse….
      My dreams have always been pretty powerful for me,,,,,my next post will share some more.

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