Her preschool is surrounded by giant oak trees and the playground is full of the things. Which means that whenever I come to pick her up from school I find her gathering acorns. The first day, she had them all gathered in her shirt. The next time, her pockets were stuffed full of them. By the third day of school, her teachers gave her a bucket to gather them in and finally, an old juice container that she could bring home.
The problem is, I didn't really want a million acorns all over the house. As it was, they were all over the car and the front porch from spilling out of her backpack and pockets every time we got home from school. But she wouldn't hear of letting me put them in the yard for the squirrels. She worked hard for those acorns!
Until last night. She brought her Juicy Juice container down to the living room and proceeded to dump three thousand acorns out on the floor. Somehow, I convinced her that we should put the container out on the deck with a few acorns on the ground around it and see if the squirrels would come find them.
Then I promptly forgot about it.
Until today after school when Bria was practicing her violin. I was standing with her, making sure she was doing the right shifts on her piece, when I noticed a little chipmunk on the deck gathering Sophia's acorns. Violin practice was immediately forgotten as we all pressed our noses (and camera lens) against the window to watch the little guy fill his cheek pockets with the nuts and scamper off, only to return a few minutes later for more.
Isn't he so cute? The girls and I were enthralled.
He finished up gathering all the acorns that were on the ground, so he knocked over the juice bottle and he climbed right inside to get some more! The funniest thing was that once he filled up his cheeks, he couldn't get back out. But he was a smart little guy, so he spit them outside, climbed out of the bottle and filled right back up.
Then Sophia and I went to dump out a few more for him so he didn't have to go through that rigmarole anymore.
His very full cheeks tell me that he appreciated it. Don't you think?
He worked hard for about 3 hours to finally get every last acorn, minus the ones that he deemed unworthy--it was very fun to watch him inspect each nut and throw the rejects behind him.
And guess who is more excited than ever to get more acorns at school for "Little Chippy"?