Time to Write: 22nd March

Rachel has given us ANIMAL as our subject today.

Yesterday I wrote a small piece about rats.
Today I’m going with another rodent but with happier thoughts. It might be familiar as I’ve tweaked a post from 2015.

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When I think of Cinderella, I think of my Dad and the story he told me about his pet mice.

Apparently he was asked if he could supply half a dozen white mice for a shop window display depicting Cinderella and her magical coach.
Dad was only too pleased to oblige and collected them after the popular event.
He wasn’t that surprised to find that instead of the original six, he now had fifteen.

Eventually, he had to give them all away, and being friends with the owner, took them to the pet shop to be sold as children’s pets.
When he got back home, one had snuggled inside the turn-up of his trousers, so Dad decided to keep him.
The tiled mantle-piece had a ‘step’ at each end (similar to this), and Dad put the mouse’s bedding on one and his food on the other.

fireplaceBy all accounts, the mouse was content to run along from one side to the other in his new ‘home’, and never made any effort to escape.
Growing up, I can’t remember Dad having mice, but I know he loved all animals, so this little chap would have been well looked after.
cute mouse


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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8 Responses to Time to Write: 22nd March

  1. Sadje says:

    An interesting story.

  2. tidalscribe says:

    My friend and I bought two mice from Aldershot market and assured our parents we had looked in the book and they were both male. Dad loved woodwork, but his new shed was used to build mouse cages and house the cages – not much room for Dad’s own hobbies. We soon had forty mice.

  3. Rachel says:

    Cute story. Thanks for sharing this bit of your personal life. 🙂

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