Funny Story From Way, Way Back
Monday, September 22, 2008
I was about 9 years old and David and I were rollerblading in an empty church parking lot about a block from my house. We were sitting down, taking a break, when a squirrel darted by and jumped down a hole about three feet from us. We looked at each other and I could tell he was thinking the same thing I was; let's catch the squirrel and make him our pet! We practically flew to the hole and started searching for signs of our new pet.
David: (with his arm in the hole) I can feel him! Here, put your arm in!
Me: I'm not putting my arm in there you dumb idiot, squirrels bite and they carry smallpox or something. My mom said.
David: It's not smallpox butt-munch, it's pneumonia.
Me: Whatever, how are we going to get him out?
David: Ooh look, a water hose. We'll flush him out!
Me: Freakin' awesome! But what do we do when he comes out?
David: Uh...we'll grab him and put him that box. (He pointed to a box laying next to the church's dumpster)
Me: Ok, go get the hose butt-munch.
I ran to get the box while David grabbed the hose. He turned the water on full blast and stuck it down the hole.
We waited patiently until finally the squirrel popped his head up. Suddenly, David grabs a stick and pops the squirrel in the head. The squirrel immediately goes limp and sinks back down into the flooded hole.
Me: What did you do that for dummy?
David: Shut up stupid, I thought he was going to jump at me.
Me: Ugh, whatever. Now he's going to drown. We gotta get him out! Grab him.
David: No! You grab him! I don't want to catch smallpox!
I reached into the hole and pulled out the soggy, limp squirrel.
Me: Oh no, we're too late. He's dead.
David: No we can save him! Let's do CPR, I saw it on Rescue 911.
Me: Well, I already knew how to do CPR before you saw it on Rescue 911.
David: So do it then!
David held the squirrel's mouth open as I blew him breath and pumped his chest. After fifteen minutes, we gave up. The squirrel's lifeless body lay on the hot asphalt.
Me: Dude...you killed that poor squirrel!
David: I didn't kill him, you did. You don't even know how to do CPR!
Me: You're the idiot that hit him on the head!
David: Shut up moron, it was your fault.
Me: Whatever. I guess we have to give him a funeral now huh.
David: I guess.
We put the squirrel in the box that was going to be his home and buried him behind the church dumpster. We said a few words and apologized for ending his life (even though it was mostly David's fault).
We put a flower on his little grave every day until I moved.