When squeals from the children interrupted our morning walk around the block, I couldn't imagine what was going on. "Look! Teacher Kristin!! Just look at what Mrs. Greytail (our friendly backyard squirrel) did to our pumpkin!!" Well, when you leave food out for the animals, inevitably they will eat it. So I picked up the pumpkin, with it's gaping hole in the side and carried it to the backyard. I cleaned up the chewed up hole iusing a knife to open a doorway, then set it near the garden and let the children's imaginations go to work. Within minutes they had a milkweed path framed by stick edging, "welcome branches" around the entry, a birch bark door and a piece of wood for the chimney...and of course, there had to be flowers...any flowers that were left in the garden after the frost. So now we wait. We wait and see who just might move in.
(I feel so blessed to work with children) xx