In the early spring of 2016, Roxy - the squirrel Randy rescued - became of age to be on her own. Feeling immensely attached and proud, Randy needed to find an outlet to share what he was feeling. Inspired by a great poem by Edgar Guest (1881-1959) "Miss Me, But Let Me Go" that he had read a year earlier, Randy wrote the following verse borrowing several excerpts from Guest's work as if Roxy were speaking to him. He poured his heart out and it goes like this:

"Miss Me, But Let Me Go"

You were there to save my life
I will never forget that day
You've made me very happy
For thanks, I'll say it this way.
Now is the end of my up-bringing
And my destiny lies before me
Please do not weep of my absence
Why cry for a soul set free.
Miss Me a little-But Not Too Long
And not with your head bowed low
Remember the love that we once shared
Miss Me-but Let Me Go.
This is a journey all squirrels must take
And each must go alone
It's all a part of Nature's plan
A step on the road to home.
I have seen other squirrel's nests
A feat where they've truly toiled
As far as my own place to rest
I may come to realize I've been spoiled.
If the elements become too challenging
And cannot yet build that nest in the tree
Please save that neat condo you've made
For I might postpone that move to be free.
If I ever find another home
Rest assured, you'll see me again
For I'll never be too far away
So please save some nuts for then.
Randy's dream came true !!!
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