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The Squirrel and Birds Controversy (standard:humor, 902 words)
Author: GodspenmanAdded: Jul 11 2016Views/Reads: 599/337Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
I know some controversies cannot be settled, but I think a good relationship deserves coming to some point of agreement.

I have learned controversy is what life is really all about. Controversy
means there is two sides, one side has no idea what the other side is 
thinking. Of course, there are those controversies when neither side is 
actually doing any thinking. That is what is called politics. 

I had an illustration of this recently. The Gracious Mistress of the
Parsonage and I spent a wonderful week's vacation in Ohio visiting our 
son and his family. It is always great to spend time with family. 

Early in the morning, I would go to the front porch, sit down with a
book and casually enjoy the quietness. One particular morning as I was 
marinating in the silence, I heard what sounded like an explosion in 
the tree. 

I looked and saw a squirrel racing down the tree followed by two
screaming birds. I watched as the squirrel disappeared into some bushes 
in front of the fence that bordered the property. I could see him 
standing and staring at the birds who were screaming at him. 

He stood like a frozen monument, they finally gave up and flew back up
the tree and I saw them go to their nest. 

I looked over and saw the squirrel standing there staring up at the tree
in the area where the nest was. 

I almost went back to my book when I saw out of the corner my eye the
squirrel leaping off the fence and racing back up the tree towards the 

Almost immediately, the birds that were guarding the nest exploded in
anger and chase the squirrel back down the tree and he jumped into the 
bushes and hid from them. They squawked and screamed for a few moments, 
threatening some very bad business to the squirrel. 

Again, he stood there just staring. 

This went on about six times before I finally realized what was going

The birds were up there protecting their eggs, which would soon hatch
into little birdies. They were protecting their family and their 

The squirrel, on the other hand, saw in that nest up the tree a fresh
scrambled egg delicacy. The controversy was between a now pleasure and 
a future family. If only the squirrel and the birds could come together 
and talk out their controversy, maybe they could have come to some 
reasonable resolution. 

Of course, it would be rather difficult to talk the squirrel out of
enjoying a scrumptious little meal. 

That reminded me of some controversies we have had in the parsonage
through the years. It all boils down to the squirrel and the birds' 
controversy. I want something now, just like a squirrel, and my wife, 
like those two birds, is one of those people that know how to plan for 
the future. For me, I am not sure how long I am going to live, so I 
want something right now! 

I am a little squirrelly along this line. 

I do remember a time when my wife was preparing cookies for Christmas.
My wife cannot do anything at the last minute. It takes her time to 
prepare and plan all of her cooking. So, when it comes to Christmas 
cookies she is beginning the preparation long before Thanksgiving. 

It was the beginning of December, if I remember correctly, and my wife
was baking a bunch of cookies that she was going to use to give to 
certain people for Christmas. Unfortunately, I do not pay attention 
much to things like that. I came into the kitchen and discovered to my 
delight, that there were cookies on the counter but no wife in the 

I was only going to take one with the belief that she would not miss
just one cookie. That was my original plan. My plans never have a 

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