Have you ever heard the phrase "it’s like a car wreck, you can’t stop looking at it"? Well, I’m in that situation right now and I can’t keep my eyes off the front porch. You see, there is a rat taking his last breaths on my front walkway! Long tail and all! He wasn’t there when I came home today and then I went out to turn the water that was watering my front lawn off, and there he was.
At first, I freaked out, like he was inside the house. We live in a new neighborhood that is continuing to clear fields in the area, so it’s not surprising that there is a rat in the neighborhood, but I am glad he’s not inside the house. My second reaction was to rescue him, I mean I can’t just let him die out there, can I? But really, am I going to scoop him up and run him to a vet? They would likely just tell me that the rat is poisoned and is going to die. Not to mention the fact that they would think I’m crazy for going to the trouble to rescue a rat. And, if he survived, do I really want a pet rat? No. So, I’m trying to ignore him. If I don’t see him, he’s not real. Denial. It’s not working. He’s all I can think about. It doesn’t make it any better that my dog, T-Bone, is barking at the him through the front window. What would you do?
For now, I’m going to continue my denial strategy and try to take my mind off him with my knitting. Then, I’m going to be a girly girl and wait for my husband to come home and take care of it. I could take a picture, but nobody wants to see that. In an effort to get that visual out of my mind, here’s a happy animal picture.