It’s been said that many times truth is stranger than fiction and that was the case today when I spotted an unusual sight on my run.
My usual running route takes me through our small town’s cemetery. The cemetery is a perfect place to run–it’s quiet, there’s little or no traffic, and it is just an all-round great place for meditation and contemplation while I try to convince my legs that they are NOT dying and can take me one. more. mile.
Today was a perfect running day as spring has sprung here in Kansas and not a moment too soon! It was sunny and 68 degrees with a slight breeze. Nirvana!
As I wound my way through town and headed into the cemetery, imagine my surprise when I saw this sitting just inside the cemetery gate:
An empty pet rodent cage.
Apparently someone in our little community decided that Sparky the __________ (insert the rodent of your choice–hamster, gerbil, guinea pig, mouse, rat) was not “pet material” and would be better off in the wild.
I admit that I am not a fan of rodents. I am a dog and cat person. I could also be a goat person, but Mr. Caffeinated Ginger has nixed that idea. But rodents? No, thank you. However, to take your “pet” from your home and just release it into the wild? Sounds kind of irresponsible to me.
Then I got to thinking–the only two reasons a person would just release a pet into the wild would be (1) they cannot find another person to which to rehome their pet, or (2) the pet is vicious and cannot live with humans without threat of said humans losing fingers, toes or noses.
My imagination, of course, takes off from there and I start imagining our quiet, peaceful little cemetery being haunted by something like this:
Now THAT is scary.
That being said, I’m not going to change my running route just because there might be a rabid, terror-inducing rodent now living in the cemetery. I’m much too brave to do that. However, if you hear screams of horror coming from that part of town one day, please know that it isn’t ghosts that are haunting me, but the reality of the Cemetery Rodent.