NaBloPoMo 2010 Day 1 — Halloween Surprise
So we woke up this morning to find a surprise on the front porch. We’ve all heard stories of Halloween pranks of many varieties. Egging. Toilet-papering the front yard. Smashing jack-o-lanterns. Flaming bags of poop. Fortunately, none of these were awaiting us at dawn’s early light.
Instead, Jen found two small cages sitting side-by-side. Each one containing separate members of order rodentia. Yes, we’d been visited by the rodent fairy. Well, the domesticated rodent fairy — like Glenda the Good Witch, but not without the knee-jerk thoughts of the Black Plague. We found ourselves with two mice and a rat. Thankfully, we’d watched the Pixar flick Ratatouille about 379 times, so we were able to personify the “little guy” as K-Man referred to him. Jen took them to the vet to have them checked out. One of the mice has a little skin issue and got some antibiotics (yes, they make antibiotics to nurse rodents back to health.) The other two seem to be just fine — as fine as abandoned rodents can be I guess.
Keegan gave them all names. The mice are female and were bestowed the names Gabriella and Molly. (Gabriella is a character on “Sid the Science Kid” and Molly is from the Toy Story trilogy.) The rat is a boy, so Kee declared him “Costco.” Maybe because he instinctively knows that a rat could eat through a 5-pound block of cheese or one of those Millennium Falcon-sized cheesecakes that are readily sold at the warehouse retailer.
This was destined to happen because Jen made the comment over the weekend that she didn’t think we were ready to get another furry pet. She jinxed us. And K-Man has a few new pets as a result.