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Friday, June 01, 2007

Brain Drain and Skippy the Squirrel

I read this post by Nicole the other day and it made me think of my previous life as a small town girl. My hometown is in the middle of nowhere Illinois. It's the largest town, at 35,000, for 45 miles in any direction. It's actually just a stone's throw from Iowa. Do people under 70 say "a stone's throw?"

Despite living in the boonies, we were always able to make fun of the tiny towns around us. One of our favorite targets was a town with a population smaller than my high school. This rinkie-dink community was the home to a just over a thousand people, 150 dogs, 75 tractors, 2 stoplight intersections, a Hardee's, and my Great-Grandma Jones - the resident crazy cat lady.

The majority of the people in this town were strange; and so, strange things happened in this little town. A lot.

One summer, there was an albino squirrel running around. The student newspaper scooped the local weekly paper on a story. About the squirrel. Really. Two weeks or so went by with people calling in the radio station and writing into the paper with "squirrel sightings": "We love the squirrel. He is so cute. I saw the squirrel in Mabel's backyard!"

And then... some redneck shot and killed the squirrel. Just because he could.

There weren't many jobs in this little town before factories started leaving Illinois. Now, I think there's just the Hardee's and a gas station. But brain drain? I'm not sure it's an issue.

*EDIT* I'm not making a political statement about hunters or rednecks... Just about the redneck, squirrel killer in this town.


Anonymous said...

Do people under 70 say: "It's darker than 4 miles down a bear's stomach!"? I do. ;)

L Sass said...

Why would someone shoot that poor squirrel? I don't even LIKE squirrels and that makes me sad. Mean rednecks!!

Marianne said...

...darker than what? That must be a Canadianism. ;-)

Hey Laurel - I love squirrels. The objects of my loathing are pigeons. Ewww.... they are so damned disgusting and really just grind my gears.

Anonymous said...

Must be a Canadianism, eh? LOL!

BTW, be as political as you want - it's your blog! I knew you weren't making a political statement....

Crazy Cat Lady (LOL!)

Signed, your biggest Canadian Fan! :)

alyndabear said...

The poor squirrel! We don't have them here so.. so.. that makes them ENDANGERED! He should go to jail! Or you know, just be haunted by albino squirrels forever and ever.


Aimee said...

I KNEW Aly would have something to say about squirrel killers. I love squirrels. Someone should have shot that redneck! ::tear::

Anonymous said...

Oh, I should clarify: harming any animal in any form is WRONG.

Didn't want you to think I was pro-redneck-squirrel-killer.