Way back in B.C. (Before Children) I raised a baby squirrel!
My good friend Arthur discovered him after he had fallen out of a tree, naked with his eyes still closed. At first he had hoped the mother would come back for him, but the next morning Arthur’s cat brought the baby into the house, carrying him by the scruff of his neck like a kitten! Without the mother squirrel around, he thought of who else could take care of the little guy and brought him to me! The adventures of Roscoe are interspersed in my Art Textbook for kids, “SEE WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING AT”.
Here’s a photo of me and Roscoe, when he was around four months old.
Because he had fallen out of a tree as a newborn, he was afraid to climb trees at first. It inspired me to write this song:
Roscoe’s Song, © Ruth Elliott, 1974
Oh Little Darlin’ don’t worry about the trees,
Just keep on climbin’ as far as you can see,
Past life’s pinecones of plenty, life’s needles of pain,
Oh little darlin’ don’t worry ‘bout the next branch.
Too soon shall it come by the way.
By the way, don’t worry little darlin’,
Little darlin’ don’t worry ‘bout the way.
We’ve shared life’s journey so far,
Don’t turn your tail and run,
at the first shadow of a bird passing overhead,
Just keep travlin’ on,
So high, so very high above,
So high, above the trees.
I tell the whole story in my Art Book for Kids,
“SEE WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING AT!” (the first Art textbook to reference the CA Math standards!)
Ruth Elliott-Hilsdon, Founder and Director of EDU DESIGNS