Just like a squirrel hides her nuts, Munchkin picks up objects and stashes them away. At our house, shoes mysteriously disappear; toothbrushes appear on the couch; baby doll strollers materialize in the bathroom and books get scattered all over the house. Shiny objects are especially appealing to my SuperGuirrel. My bracelets are tugged onto Munchkin's wrists and my necklaces appear magically around her neck seconds after I put them down.
An early walker, Munchkin was around 13 or 14 months when she started climbing onto step-ladders, chairs and tables. Now that she's two, she's become very adept at dragging chairs to whichever counter has food on it. I have a feeling that Munchkin could give a squirrel a run for her money when it comes to climbing for snacks. Munchkin also climbs our trash cans to get to the fruit bowl, stands on toys to reach the (child-locked) window sill and constantly clambers onto our sturdy TV stand to reach toys put out of her reach.
The most persistent snack-grabbing attempts happen when we go grocery shopping and I'm forced to openly curse the designer who put shelves of toys and chocolates at children's eye level. When we went shopping this morning, Munchkin darted out of the stroller and headed to a wall of sugar (as I call it) where she picked up a bag of hard candy to take home. "No, Munchkin, we're not taking that home." As I put it back, she pulled out a bag of gummy worms. "Noooo we're not taking that home." Then she grabbed bags of sweetheart candies, jaw breakers and on an on until we moved to the produce aisle and she picked up a bag of dehydrated apples, which she was allowed to keep.
The upside to have a half-girl, half squirrel at home is that I never have to worry whether she's eaten enough. She's got big cheeks for hiding nuts, er, food and is very energetic and entertaining. This Guirrel may be squirrelly, but she's just tame enough to keep.
What kind of creatures do you have at home? Clambering monkeys or slow-moving turtles perhaps?