Copyright © 2005, Glenn Story

This morning I looked out my bedroom window I saw a squirrel running along the phone wire. He came to a spot where the wire overlooks a tree in our neighbor’s yard. He looked down, obviously contemplating jumping to the tree to gather nuts. The tree obviously represented both current and future pleasure of food for him. (Squirrels, this time of year, are busy gathering and storing nuts for the winter.) But it was a long way down from the wire to the tree. You could tell he was contemplating whether to take the chance of jumping. If he missed or couldn’t get traction on the leaves, he could be seriously injured or killed. Should he jump or not? He contemplated for the longest time.

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