My two guinea pigs bring me great joy, I love having them as pets and there are many moments I wouldn’t trade for anything.
Of course, there are the moments I would trade.
This week, DM9K (the one on the right) jumped out of my hand, drove under my jacket, and quickly found the cord of my headphones. He teeth are very effective scissors.
The two of them wake me up nearly every morning. As soon as light creeps into the window, they begin their whistling and don’t stop until I’m awake. Any attempt to go back to sleep – even giving them more treats than they can possibly eat – fails. As soon as I’m quiet, they are back whistling again.
This morning was an unwelcome exception. I fell asleep just before 10pm Friday night and awoke at 10:30am this morning. I looked over at my two rodents – they stared back at me. As soon as I spoke, they began their morning antics.
Sigh, I’ll have to start using electronic alarms on the weekend as well now. This may not be a bad thing, as long as my rodents decide to let me sleep on weekends again.
I prepared an April Fools joke for publication this year. In light of current events at City Hall (the attempt to gag citizens), I feel the humour may be too biting and would distract from the seriousness of events at City Hall this past week.
Sadly, my humour piece could be believed. When I began writing it in January, I had no idea transparency at City Hall would suffer the setback of the past week.
The positive in this, I have my 2013 April Fools story ready.
At the age of five, Dellaire was put into foster care. Over the next 10 years, he was routinely on the move, living in 45 different foster homes. Against all odds, Dellaire was a success story. After leaving the system, he became a foster parent with his wife Pat and set an example of how to share love with foster children and make them feel like part of a family.
This passage from NAIT’s media release caught my attention Friday. Nothing is better in news than an interesting human story.
When Dellaire passed away from cancer at the age of 56, he asked his wife to get his story out so that it may prevent other children from going through what he had to.
The short film is being produced in part by students at NAIT and is called “ Crossing the Axis: The Journey of Gentle Wind.”