Mother Nature Returned The Favor

Real Estate Agent with Cherimie Crane & Associates

Everything happens for a reason, or so they say. I always assumed that saying was just a phrase thrown around like a dish towel in situations when nothing else seemed to fit. I stand corrected. The past two weeks have been an interwoven blanket of confusion sewn tightly with the thread of random ridiculousness.  Fortunate for me, my days provide me with enough nonsense mixed with a subtle lack of common sense to fill my column. Otherwise, I suppose I would have very little to say.

Coming off of a very strange case of poison oak, at times I believed maybe it had spread to my brain, but no, it is all real as life itself. As I watch helplessly as Isaac approaches my family, my hometown and my down trodden home state of Mississippi, I spiraled down a path of pity and fear.

Only a category one is repeated by coworkers, friends and news anchors. My mind only hears seven years to the day of Katrina, a storm that forever changed my life. Flashbacks of terror, turmoil and uncertainty paralyzed me. No one could understand, not even me. Glued to the geographically challenged Weather Channel, focus and productivity were as far away as my hometown.

Constant communications with my family made the distance all too real. Isaac’s winds raced through my roots with no less force than the thoughts and memories of Katrina that filled my mind as sleep became an inconvenience. It’s only a category one. Those words are meaningless to a displaced Mississippi girl who knows that winds mixed with water, mixed with the mass media’s inability to differentiate my home town from a parish in New Orleans, equals destruction and chaos regardless of category.  It is my family, my memories, my Mississippi.

Falling further and further into an abyss of fear and uncertainty, Isaac sends a message. It wasn’t email, letter or text, but a swift wind through Beaufort that delivered the tiniest of reminder. Mother Nature took a blow hundreds of miles away that left two orphans in my path.



Raised in an area where I had more animals than friends, more nature than neighbors I lack the ability to turn away from any suffering creature, great or small. Blessed with a heart and cursed with an over active impulse, I scooped up two badly bruised, ant covered, infant squirrels.


Walking into a dinner party, gala or overtly obvious gathering of importance, I lack any semblance of confidence. Proper dinner forks, small talk and political banter leave me bored and often in search of an elegant exit; however, let Mother Nature request my attendance and I will rise to the occasion. Two tiny orphans with no voice, no property and certainly no chance lay in my hands.






Years raising animals of all kinds, all deformities, all personalities and sizes were no match for this delicate dilemma. A sudden distraction from the destruction barreling towards my family pity turned proactive. No time for news, Cantore would have to wait. Luckily there are angels for even the smallest of souls.


Within moments, women of the not so wild came to my assistance. Power of experience, knowledge and the purest form of female intuition surrounded the victims of just a category one.





Isaac may have domain over my home state, my family but not here not now. These two squirrels will live. Jokes originate from those who have a way with the more civilized of creations. Why would anyone, especially several people stop their daily tasks to devote seemingly worthless effort into two tiny members of an overly populated species? Life is life is life, is it not?

Limp and fragile and highly dependent on the kindness of strangers, all the energy otherwise devoted to a storm I can’t control in an area I can’t reach turns toward the survival of Mother Nature’s delivery. Women, some I knew, some I didn’t gave no moment’s hesitation to the mission at hand. It was an orchestra of determination covered in a halo of hope.

After a dim diagnosis and affirmation of an untimely end, the otherwise unconnected lives of ordinary souls, tied together only by the winds of Isaac and the need to nurture, two of the tiniest of creatures were doused in care and nursed to survival.



Isaac blew through my hometown, my family and my state with repairable damage and recoverable loss. Winds reaching as far as Beaufort resulted in a reminder that even the wild requires a hand just as much as a hand requires the wild. Mother Nature spared my family, my friends and all that is familiar and I did my best to return the favor. Everything happens for a reason, after all.

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  1. Karen Anne Stone 09/01/2012 05:39 PM
  2. Mona Gersky 09/01/2012 10:40 PM
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Greg Miller
Ruoff Home Mortgage - Sarasota, FL
Florida Home Loans - Conventional,FHA,USDA,VA

What a great heart warming post. First, I'm very glad your family is okay. Secondly , kudos to you for stepping in to save God's little creatures.

Sep 01, 2012 09:13 PM #15
Cherimie Crane
Cherimie Crane & Associates - Beaufort, SC

Thank you all for commenting. Being far away from family and watching trouble coming their way can do a number on the nerves! Having to give constant care to my two little babies (I named them Terry and Jerry) gave me no time for worry or staring at weather reports.

I am very happy to say that although given less than a 50% chance of survival, both Terry and Jerry have now been turned over to a Wildlife Rehab Specialist. In just a few short weeks, they will be returned to the wild, where they belong.

Sep 01, 2012 09:37 PM #16
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Cherimie, I read your post with the same rapt attention I would have given any of my favorite female southern professional writers.  Not only have you made a difference in the precious lives of two of Mother Nature's children but your caring attitude made a difference in mine also.  Karen Anne introduced you to me and I'll follow up with the privilege of introducing you to others.  Have a safe and wonderful week.

Sep 01, 2012 09:48 PM #17
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

What a touching and charming story.  Those babies are so cute and I'm so glad you were able to help save them.  It must be hard to give them up, but it is such the right thing to do.  Oh, and I love the way you wrote this story.

Sep 01, 2012 10:34 PM #18
Tanya Nouwens
RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager
Poetry again! You share poetry, Cherimie, when you share your heart and your gift of "word orchestration."
Sep 01, 2012 10:49 PM #19
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Cherimie. Mona sent me over and I am glad she did. You have moved me. These little ones are lucky to have been found and cared for by you. I volunteer with a rescue group in my area and yesterday one of our members rescued a baby squirrel too. So glad I found this and thank you for a good story on a cloudy morning.

Sep 01, 2012 10:59 PM #20
Rafeeq Ahmed
Islamic Banker, UIF, 682-500-4615 - Granbury, TX
Customer Satisfaction

Cherimie, You wrote such a nice blog. THANK YOU

Sep 02, 2012 12:22 AM #21
Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
As Real as Real Estate Gets!

Cherimie - you brought tears to my eyes. Lovely blog.. and I first read it on MOna's blog post. Bless you for caring. It is so easy not to, and it takes a special person to do so - you are special.

Sep 02, 2012 06:27 AM #22
Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker
RVA Home Team - Richmond, VA
RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.

What a beautiful story, and one I can relate to. I am a huge animal lover and think it is so admirable that you took the TIME and gave the DEDICATION that it takes to tend to an helpless animal. Good Karma coming your way!

Sep 02, 2012 09:21 AM #23
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning
Hi Cherimie , Wonderful story and so glad you and your family are safe and also your two orphan squirrels. I especially like the picture of you feeding them with the pet nursing bottles. You will be blessed for your compassion and love of nature..
Sep 02, 2012 02:00 PM #24
Amada Slade
Island Realty of the Lowcountry - Beaufort, SC
Beautiful, compassionate post. Kind of reminds me of the author!!
Sep 03, 2012 12:05 AM #25
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I have to tell you, I know my Grandmother is smiling down on you from heaven.  And I hope you won't mind that I add a link to a post I want you to read.  If you do mind, feel free to delete my comment.  But she was the best woman I've ever known and I think you'll like the story.  Got tissues?

Sep 04, 2012 06:12 AM #26
Peggy Hughes/pha logistix, inc.
pha logistix inc - San Francisco, CA

Cheramie... what a well-written, thoughtful post.  Your generousity of spirit is awesome.  Thank you.

Sep 04, 2012 09:32 AM #27
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Those are great pictures. I didn't even know you could hold a squirrel in your hand. I guess I just assumed they would bite.

Sep 04, 2012 01:20 PM #28
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Cherimie, the photo of the infant squirrel with his (or perhaps her) little paws wrapped around the straw is just priceless.  I think you all helped each other. 

Sep 08, 2012 02:49 AM #29
Leslie G. Rojohn
MoonDancer Realty - Sylva, NC
GRI, ABR ~ MoonDancer Realty

Cherimie, once again your post has shown that you are not only a warm and compassionate person, but a writer who should be read by more than just us lucky AR people. If I had your talent, I sure wouldn't be fighting tooth and nail for commissions..  Good on you for saving those babies.

Sep 09, 2012 01:47 AM #30
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hey, Cherimie!  I included this post in Last Week's Favorites.  Have a great week!

Sep 09, 2012 02:59 AM #31
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

I so loved this story.  My son was born in Biloxi and during our time there never experienced a hurricane.  (this was 1981)  I commend you on your willingness to help two little orphans and will remember your story of kindness.

Sep 09, 2012 04:31 AM #32
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Chermine-sorry I missed this when you first posted it.  The feeling of helplessness is one many of us have known when a disaster strikes those we love.  Your stepping up to save Jerry and Terry in the face of worry over loved ones is amazing.  Glad they survived and will be back in the wild soon.

Sep 09, 2012 09:05 AM #33
Beth Paterson
Reverse Mortgages SIDAC, LLC, NMLS #1790592 - Saint Paul, MN
CRMP, NMLS #342859

What a moving post, Cherimine!  You are an awesome writer but important your story is so well expressed and touching. Beautiful photos too. I'm glad your family was spared.  I do believe everything happens for a reason, we just have to be open to learn the lessons.  Blessings to you and your family for the good you do.

Sep 09, 2012 09:49 AM #34
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