There weren’t any squirrels in the town where I grew up.
I didn’t know to remark on that fact when I was young.
It wasn’t until I moved away from home that I discovered two apparent truisms regarding urban squirrels:
Squirrels can be boldly urbane, in their own chattery twitchy way.
Squirrels occur en masse in every town and city I have since inhabited.
Despite this, or perhaps as a result, I haven’t thought or written much about squirrels. That pleasant oblivion ended abruptly last summer. In 2014, my typical gardening frenzy was necessarily pared down to a few pots of tomatoes, peppers, and herbs on a borrowed balcony.