No pictures just words. Yesterday made me so sad I’m still weepy. Nate celebrated his 10th birthday on Thursday and we had such a fantastic day, but yesterday’s sadness still lingers. We gave Nate money so that he could pick out his own mouse/rat at the pet store. He pestered me all yesterday morning. “Can we go now?” “When can we go?” “Can’t you save the chores till after we go to the pet store, Please?” And go we did. He picked out just the right accessories for Nibbles, as she was soon to be known – the perfect food bowl, the perfect chew log, a tight fitting lid and a water bottle. Then he picked out a light grey, little gal with a white belly and little white spots behind her ears. And we took her home. And you could tell she was going to be a good one. She wasn’t skittish at all. Didn’t run and hide in her chew log, just sat at the bottom of the aquarium sniffing our fingers and taking it all in, even letting us pick her up without running to the other side of her home. Marshall thought he would introduce Tiger, his rat, to her. And he put Tiger in the aquarium with Nibbles. At first they just kind of sniffed each other, and Nibbles was still being as calm as can be. And here is where I can hardly finish the story because it was SO horribly awful. For some unknown reason Tiger attacked Nibbles and killed her as Marshall, Nate and I watched with utter horror and helplessness. Sadness to see my 10 year old devastated. Sadness to see my 15 year old near tears for the rest of the day. Sadness that our relationship with Tiger is tainted by a response, that for her was purely instinctual. Sadness to know that Nibbles the Second does not have the personality that Nibbles the First had. And sadness that as mom I can’t fix it or make it better.