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  • Writer's pictureJenny Lynn Keller

Treasure Seekers

Do you like chipmunks? I would like them better if they had dug their mass transit system for the universe in my neighbor’s yard instead of mine. Just about every large shrub in my garden has a chipmunk subway station near its base, each one an entrance to tunnels going from one end of my property to the other. A long ways. Maybe to China for all I know.

Yeah, chipmunks are cute. Just look at that face. And who doesn’t love Disney’s giant-sized pair, Chip and Dale? I ate breakfast with them years ago, me and fifty more delighted kids. Speaking of food, chipmunks eat a lot, and my acres of oak and hickory trees are probably the reason dozens of them reside with me. Each adorable fur ball is capable of gathering 165 acorns daily, stockpiling an underground pantry with enough food for the winter, containing life essentials like nuts, seeds, insects, and berries. People gather and store things too. Hopefully we choose items wisely, following the wisdom of Matthew 6:19-21. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

On this gorgeous Fall Southern-fried Friday, what interesting or unusual things do you collect? If you’d like a few dozen chipmunks or deer, let me know.

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