Monday, February 2, 2009
Ratatouille pretended she was a groundhog today.
The relationship between animals and children has always fascinated me. I've had a few pets in my life that have taken a liking to children more than others, and I wish I understood it better. I once had a horse that tried to buck everyone off her, but if you put a little kid on her back she plodded around like an old plow horse. Ratatouille is one of those animals.
Today my class and I took Ratatouille outside to see if we could see her shadow. Ratatouille is the best guinea pig for an activity like this because kids are her favorite. When kids reach in the cage to pet the piggies, Strega Nona runs inside the house and hides but Ratatouille soaks up the loving. Normally timid, she sat proudly in my arms this morning as I held her in the sunshine for the kids to observe her shadow. When we were done everyone got to pet her of course, and she held her head up high like a beauty queen. What a great pig.
So if you ask Ratatouille there will be 6 more weeks of winter.
In the picture above she is in the classroom cage waiting for some first grade loving.