Meet Cookie, the newest member of our family.
When I say member of the family, I mean that Cookie will be a part of my classroom this coming year. Because DH hates anything cute and furry. (He really needs to be bald, with a long goatee, and at least one tattoo, and big clunky Docs, to be claiming intolerance of cute furry animals. Well, two out of four isn't bad. But I digress.)
We bought Cookie early last week. She was cute and small, with ears that lay flat and wavy against her head. The cat is enthralled and at the same time repulsed. In a week, Cookie has grown to twice her "original" size, and her ears now stick straight up from her head. Hello, cute! We are trying to handle her as much as she will tolerate, to get her used it before going to school. She loves to take a spin in her ball, which the cat hates. The hamster knows this and will make a beeline for the cat at every opportunity.
Cookie is a bit of a diva. I will need to help her to acclimate to many voices and lots of action.. After all, she will be a working hamster, one whose primary purpose will be to teach. Last year we had a class alien, and we explored his "otherness" and origins. This year we will have a class hamster, whose happy Habitrail home looks a little alien itself. We will be doing creative and descriptive writing about the hamster in class. She is tri-colored, which will help. We'll draw pictures of her too, to aid us in our writing. What is not to love? I mean - cute whiskers, sticky-up ears, a butt that waggles when she runs in her wheel? So awesome. I'm really excited about our hamster.
I wish I could say the cat is also excited about our hamster. And DH. But I work with what I have. Middle school, here we come.