Be Forewarned, I am a Fey and Quixotic Creative Writer

Be Forewarned, I am a Fey and Quixotic Creative Writer
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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Tragedy Strikes the Little Gerbil Family

I remember the first rodent family we brought into our home was a pair of gerbils.  The female gave birth and everyone was excited.  The next morning at about 7 am prior to school, (second grade),I thought that the gerbil mother and father needed to connect after having brought new life into the world.  I knew that the father had to be kept apart from the babies.  I got the mother and father together for a visit and then when I went to put the mother back with her baby I could not tell the difference.  Which one was the mom?  I had to take a chance and I accidentally put the father into the cage with the baby.  He started biting and attacking it.  My mother came along and we hoped the baby would survive.  It did not.  I felt sick about what I had done.

Pets teach children about love and responsibility, but they also give us all hard lessons.  Sometimes these lessons form our mental patterns about risk and death.  The little creatures aren't human, but they are life.  They have little lives that are very dependent upon us.  Our attitudes about the helpless form when we take care of pets.  These attitudes or postures are not set in stone as humans we are constantly forming and reassessing our values.  Hopefully the lessons lead us to be more compassionate human beings.

This drawing is prior to the tragedy.  Newborn gerbils are pink.

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