Squirrel Pride

Apparently there is no official name for a group of squirrels. I suppose we could lobby the World Wildlife Fund to make squad official. Right now though pride is very appropriate. Squirrelly, Jr., our oft-bemoaned and long-suffering offspring, has done something good.

Last semester, WKNO and the National Civil Rights Museum sponsored the “Eyes on the Prize” Oral Histories Project. Students prepared projects and competed on a completely voluntary basis. They could write essays, create original art, or prepare documentary films about the civil rights movement as after-school activities on their own time. Teh Boy chose to make a film. He interviewed one of his great uncles who had been in the National Guard at the time and pieced together a very moving portrait of a pivotal moment in American history.

Well, we’ve had to tighten down the buttons at the Squirrel Nest. Teh Boy submitted his film and won second place! We got to watch his film in the auditorium at the museum and watch him receive a very nice plaque that’s going to be in a prominent place on the mantel.

Way to go, Squirrelly, Jr.!

Of course, we had to have a celebratory lunch. Teh Boy chose Westy’s. He loves their Swiss burger and fried corn. Papa Squirrel and I love their fried zucchini and their wild rice combos. And the whole world loves their fudge pie. Unfortunately the whole world was at Westy’s when we got there. We would have to come up with an alternative.

It didn’t take long for us to reach a decision. Bigfoot Lodge! Sorta Sister Squirrel and Papa were already grumpy with me since I went without them with my coworkers. I certainly didn’t mind going again. Teh Boy thoroughly enjoyed and devoured his deep-fried Cornish hen, and the rest of us sampled a substantial portion of the menu. Everything was delicious as always. We finally went for the dessert we’ve been eyeing for months: the s’mores. Getting to make them ourselves at the table made for a fun time and only a little bit of flaming marshmallow.

I can’t wait until we get something else to celebrate!

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Memphis, Tennessee 38103
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Bigfoot Lodge
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Memphis, Tennessee 38103
(901) 578-9800

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