R.I.P.

September 30, 2010

Rocky Mouse-iano, better known to his friends as Mousekiwicz, died sometime over the past week.  He was six weeks old.  Cause of death unknown, but the author puts his money on one last fatal cheese overdose.

Our neighbor came to see us today with the news.  ‘What is it?’ I said.

‘It’s over.’

We laughed in exultation, sharing memories like it was an Irish Wake.  ‘He was so fast!’ and ‘God did he get fat or what?’  But when she left, a hush fell over our studio.  The once and future King was dead.  What do we do now?

I would say we hardly knew ye, but we actually knew ye quite well.  You were a good mouse.  You hung out in the trash can.  You were eerily confident about your territory.

Every relationship has its ups and downs.  I once considered charging you rent. You often creeped around at night, intimidating us.  Death by pistol was considered more than once.  I had a dream that you were permanently attached to my foot.

Still, the good outweighed the bad.  I like to think you died surrounded by those who you loved: breadcrumbs and potato chip grease.

Hopefully you’re reunited with friends and family, perhaps in a mouse rendition of Field of Dreams.

We’ll miss you, boy.

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3 Responses to “R.I.P.”

  1. Sam said

    That is real depressing to find out. The mouse was beginning to grow on me.

  2. You and me both Sammy. Although we did see another one on the way out of the building today…

    THE SEQUEL

  3. Mom said

    Think about the absurdity of it all—-Sean and Bethany living in Spain, a new exciting adventure , a wonderful exposure to a new culture, so much to do and so much to see—-and we , at home, have been following the tales, weight problems and antics of a mouse. What is wrong with this picture? Who would have thought that the human interest story of your first month in Spain would involve Rocky M.. And I actually felt bad to hear of his demise! I can’t wait to see what the next apartment brings. Keep writing.

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