Yesterday as I was pulling up dandelions in the front lawn and Aaron was washing his work van in the driveway, he waved me quietly over to the driveway and pointed to the open garage. Out crept this little rat, looking for water. He carefully sniffed the stream of soapy water running down the driveway and scampered further and further upwards until he found the hose, then drank the fresh water. I grabbed a flower pot and scooped him into a plastic bin Aaron brought me and we gave him some food and water. Jack and I wanted to keep him, but I was nervous about him biting the boys(Matteas LOVED him and tried to jump out of my arms and into the bin) so I ended up releasing him into the woods after Jack was in bed. He was awfully cute though, tiny and delicate with a nice pink tail and not a gross, giant scaly tail like big rats. I used to not be into animals much, but after having babies I have a deepened sense of awe for any and all live creatures.
All things bright and beautiful
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful
The Lord God made them all.
-C. F. Alexander