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.