Why I Love Living Here

Out in the country, I mean.

crittertreeThe other day, Charlie and I were sitting out on the back porch, and I saw something going hop, hop hop in the grass by the tree. Here is the tree, with the grass wherein the something was hopping.

I went over to check it out, thinking it was a small toad, since that’s how it was hopping.

It was some kind of mammal. CUTEST! CRITTER! EVER!

I haven’t been able to find out what it was. It had beensy ears. It was round as a butterball, as Mom says. It looked like a reddish-brown mouse head with feet and a long, skinny, bare tail. Mom said I should draw a picture of it, since I didn’t have my camera with me. So here is a picture.

actual size

actual size

I got down near it and looked at it for quite a while. Then it stopped being scared of me and hopped away down the hill toward the woods.

Personally, I think it was some kind of imaginary critter that Jen Christopherson invented to make me happy.

Thank you, Jenna!

UPDATE 12:35PM – Friend Becky Coleman pointed me to this Purdue University publication on Indiana Mammals and I found two critters that looked and sounded like bits of mine:

It was shaped like this Bog Lemmingboglemmingbut it had feet and a tail and movements like this Meadow Jumping Mouse.meadowjumpingmouseMaybe it was a Bog Jumping Meadow Mouming.mycritter‘Cause this is pretty much what it looked like.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character sees something improbable and nobody believes it.

MA

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Why I Love Living Here — 10 Comments

  1. Cutest critter ever.
    However……it does remind me of illos from one of those classes where your mother can say you aren’t old enough yet to attend. And then you don’t have to! HA! Ignorance is bliss.
    For about a red hot second.

    P.S. How would you even start Googling this litle baby critter? Sperm-shaped mammal?

  2. I like the word Meadow much better than the word Bog, so let’s say this little baby is a Meadow Jumping Mouse Thing.
    So far, nobody here has left me anything like this on my porch!

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