Rats with Good PR

Trespasser in my yard this morning

Sometimes you can get away with being destructive and annoying, as long as you’re cute, have a fluffy tail . . . and good PR.  Squirrels are like that.  They are members of the rodent family, but they are from the better-looking side.

We tend to treat everyone – including wild animals – differently when they’re adorable.  

We see squirrels in our yards and trees, in our parks, on running paths, near our picnic tables, and we don’t freak out.  We’re amused by their lightning-fast antics.  Some people even toss them a scrap of food and encourage them to come closer.

It’s true that given a chance, they’ll raid your bird feeder and dig holes in places you wish they wouldn’t.  They sometimes get in your attic and have families up there, which is generally frowned upon.

But they’re frisky and furtive and they mainly keep their distance.  When they do come close, we’re not particularly threatened (unless your mother has warned you that “wild animals that act docile are probably rabid!”)

But put a rat the same size in the same locations and we’d be screaming our lungs out (and I, for one, would be googling the nearest exterminator).  We wouldn’t be encouraging them with food or thinking they’re precious.

It’s all in the packaging.

People can be like that.  They can look good on the outside and behave according to others’ expectations.  They can be industrious and well-behaved, even entertaining.  But maybe they’re not really like that on the inside.

Maybe we’re all rats; some of us just have better PR.

What do you think? 

About Diane Rivers

Diane is a native Floridian whose career as an FBI Agent got her transferred to the North. She's retired from that gig now and "repurposed" as a freelance writer, author, and sometimes poet who blogs about the bumpy, bone-jostling ride of her “workaround” life. She loves Jesus, her family, black coffee, kayaking, biking, and hiking, and she looks forward to eternity with the One who will make all things beautiful. (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

4 thoughts on “Rats with Good PR”

  1. I was just reading Matthew this morning – the part in which Jesus describes the Pharisees as a cup, washed on the outside but still dirty on the inside. Your post reminded me of those verses!

    Thanks for stopping by my place to introduce yourself – it’s lovely to meet you here, Diane!

    1. Michelle – I’m so glad I stopped by and I have to tell you, the comments you get on your blog are so articulate and thoughtful (appropriate, given the quality of your writing). You obviously have a very engaged audience. Thanks for visiting here!

  2. I am not a rat! But I think that the point you make about packaging is right on. You can be awful – but cute and people like you. At the same time if you don’t have the right packaging most people won’t bother to see who or what you are.

    Nice post!

    1. Thanks for visiting and commenting! Outward appearance often becomes a kind of shorthand for making quick decisions in our hurried society. Not always the best criteria, obviously. I’m guilty of this, too.

      Hey, I’ve meandered over to your site, too, and I’m enchanted by the variety of your topics and the candor you bring to each. Excuse me, while I go back there now . . .

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