Yesterday, late afternoon while Darling Man and ZBoy were at KenPo, I was working on my computer and sitting in eternal helll - uh, hold, with the insurance company when my eyes wandered to the window.
Across the street, a knot of people had gathered under a tree and they were all looking UP.
I pulled open my blinds and looked up in their tree too - and saw branches jostling around. So I ran all over the house looking for binoculars (we must have half a dozen pairs) but couldn't find any. So I grabbed my old SLR camera with the 700 lens on it, prayed that it would work, and headed outside.
Eight people under the oak tree were joined by me and my camera. There were two animals waaaaayyyy up in the top of the tree, screened by leaves. Meanwhile, excited voices at the bottom of the tree were speculating as to where the lemurs hide the rest of the year until the acorns are ripe and they come out to harvest them.
The people under the tree: The drunk that lives in the garage and his mother; the previous owner of MY house and her mother plus two other people she brought over in her car; the two neighbors next to the tree; and alternately, my own next door neighbors who took turns crossing the street to peer up into the branches before shaking their heads and going back across the street. Keep in mind that ALL of these people are at least 10 years older than me, the vast majority of them being at least 20 years older than me and the guy who was closest in age to me was swaying so hard on his feet that he was in danger of tipping over at any moment.
My eyes are showing their age.
THEIR eyes are showing THEIR ages.
The lemurs of the neighborhood came down the tree trunk and peered at all the upturned faces, then ran all over the tree - up and down, round and round. They waved at us, played peek-a-boo with us and looked incredibly cute while doing so. I used my camera lens (but the camera wouldn't take the picture) to zoom in and get a really good look at our friendly, neighborhood lemurs.
This is what they looked like:
That's right. Our lemurs are raccons.
But they're still pretty darned cute.