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The squirrels in book club reader Cynthia Peyton's yard, had their Thanksgiving feast early.
"Dear Suzanne, I rushed home from work today to get [your UPS package of chocolate chip] cookies only to find that the squirrels thought the cookies smelled so good, they opened the box and ate some of cookies. Unfortunately, I won't be able to share them with my coworkers, because the squirrels beat me to the cookies. But I did get to enjoy the heavenly aroma of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies that you had worked so hard to bake for me. Thank you. I wish I could have tasted them. I know they would have tasted as great as they smelled--which was fantastic."--Cynthia Peyton
(Suzanne responds:) Cynthia, I've been baking chocolate chip cookies 11 years for readers, and this is a first! But it isn't my first encounter with cute little pesky squirrels. I love squirrels, I really do, and I enjoy watching them. Their nests are snuggled in between the branches of the oak trees in my yard, and when they're chasing each other, running up and down the branches and jumping from limb to limb, I'm creating "Once upon a time" stories about squirrel families in my mind. But those cute little buggers can be cantankerous, banding together with a full frontal acorn attack--throwing them at me. Sometimes when I'm working in my flower gardens, I must be digging a little too close to their hidden "pantry" so they band together and pelt me with acorns. I'm not kidding! And now they've eaten my homemade chocolate chip cookies. So this is war, Cynthia, but you and I can easily out maneuver those cookie thieves. Send me your work address and I'll ship another batch of chocolate chip cookies to you there. (By the way, I'm curious. Are squirrels "dunkers?" Were there any empty glasses of milk littering your yard, too?)
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