austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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The Midwest farmer's daughters really make you feel all right

We collected Penelope's ashes from the vet. We did this on Wednesday, the day that would have been her birthday. Her eighth, and the first with us.

At least as far as we know. The shelter had the 1st of August as her birthday, but a rabbit given up for adoption? Maybe the date is legitimate; maybe it's just something that seemed right. There's not really a way to tell. Stephen's birthday we took to be the 1st of July, since that's what the breeder had on the records. But that, too, could be rounded off for simplicity. Columbo's birthday we declared to be the day we adopted him. Sunshine's we've taken to be the day she was somehow thrown out.

Her ashes were returned to us as Columbo's and Stephen's were. Inside a small bag, itself inside a fine carved wooden box. The box has a bit of decoration on one side that makes it easy to tell from the others. It was accompanied by a scroll with that Rainbow Bridge talk on it, and another card of condolence. We've set the box, and the identification coin made at Marvin's, on the stand beside our earlier pets.

Penelope's death came suddenly, and without our really expecting it. With Stephen and Columbo we had at least the time to brush a last few bits of fur out of them. And their hutch grabbed some chunks of fur that we could keep as memorials to their lives. Penelope we didn't prepare for. And her pen didn't catch fur nearly so well. But we have some, from the night hutch we kept her in sometimes kept some fur. Some more clung to her water bottle, which we were never sure she really liked. It's not really enough. She had lovely fur, mostly white, with black ears and a smudgy grey nose. And a tail --- that wasn't black. It was a surprisingly sandy brown, lighter than you might have expected. It was adorable and we hoped for more of it.

Trivia: The case Brown vs Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, was first argued before the Supreme Court in December 1952, before Earl Warren was nominated to it. Source: Two Americans: Truman, Eisenhower, and a Dangerous World, William Lee Miller.

Currently Reading: The Complete Peanuts, 1950 - 2000, Charles Schulz. Editor Gary Groth.

PS: How July 2018 Treated My Mathematics Blog, a break from my comic strip stuff for some preening instead.


PPS: Gillian's Wonderland Pier.

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Gillian's Wonderland antique carousel, with a view of the clown sign warning about mischief, and (the yellow post above it) the arm of the brass ring dispenser.


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Gillian's Wonderland has a lot of slightly odd sculptures. Here's some from beside the Crazy Submarine ride.


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Not all of Gillian's Wonderland Pier is inside the castle. Her's an evening view onto the Giant Ferris Wheel, which we hadn't been able to see earlier, and other attractions. Yeah, the mist was clearing up by then.


Tags: fifth anniversary trip, gillian's wonderland pier, rabbit
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