|Graphic from Usual Suspect Holiday Insights.|
We are more inclined to think of squirrels as rats with furry tails. This harsh assessment is based on bitter experience. The Curmudgeon wrote about an up-close-and-personal encounter with a squirrel in a 2007 essay on Second Effort, "A squirrel comes to visit." It was not a social occasion.
Monday, January 21 is also National Hugging Day. Here is another microminiholidayette fraught with peril: It may be nice to remember to hug your loved ones today, but please do not try and celebrate with random strangers (or squirrels).
Safer by far to watch and enjoy the festivities in Washington. If you're in Washington, D.C. on Monday, be sure to resist the urge to hug any Secret Service Agents you happen to encounter. They will not appreciate your gesture.