Guys and Dolls

It’s President’s Day as I’m about to run, so the Park still bathed in twilight is pretty deserted, except for me and a large raccoon about to cross the road.

We both stop at the same time waiting for the other, then at the same time, start again.

We do this like a do-si-do 3 times, me thinking, I’ve finally met a raccoon with manners, and God only knows what he’s thinking.

Doesn’t she have a husband?

I then decide, being the bigger one, I’ll just wait it out knowing, if we did collide, those manners could go right out the window.

He finally, in no hurry, fearlessly crosses. This is New York remember, where squirrels pop in your purse to see what you’ve got, and I was the intruder after all.

As he strolls towards a tree like Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, he stops and looks as if to say, “See ya, Toots, hope we meet again.”

As I take the turn at 110th, I can’t help wondering, being such a gentleman and all, maybe, just maybe, he’s from Connecticut.          


About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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43 Responses to Guys and Dolls

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, raccoons are so cute; not just their coloring, but their mannerisms. Before we put the ceiling on our porch, a mama brought her litter onto the rafters. The babies were curious and playful. I could sit and watch them all day. Of course, I also had to clean the poo[ they dropped down.

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  2. A raccoon with manners, in Manhattan, of all places!

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  3. Vasca says:

    Probably a raccoon visiting from Texas…very polite.


  4. Patricia says:

    We used to have quite a few racoons in the neighborhood but their population is dwindling. There is more traffic these days and the raccoons are not street savvy. It’s sad.

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    • Well, Central Park has quite a few. They saunter around like owners of the landscape. Their casualness always makes me laugh. The squirrels too, so laid back. Makes me think of the lilies of the field. They neither toil not spin. 🙂


  5. Dale says:

    What a lovely post, Susannah! Who’d a thunk they were so well brought up? Then again, they do wash their food and thereby their hands before eating so… manners are definitely at the forefront!

    Fun Stuff, Toots!

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  6. What the name of the song…Take A Walk (or run) On The Wild Side?

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  7. Sorryless says:

    I love raccoons, just not up close and personal as they seem to exhibit certain antisocial behaviors. I remember being startled by a family of them walking home one early morning when I had gone for a run. Needless to say, I set a personal record that morning.

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  8. Here they are pests, tearing up screens, doors, and eating out of the garbage, usually by tipping it over. They are cute, intelligent, and fun, but not tolerated well. They should all move to NYC.

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