Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Taming of the Rat

When exiting the train station I have come to recognize several homeless people who hang out near the entrance panhandling and selling "street sheet" newspapers. The other day I realized that one of them was selling her papers sitting down instead of standing as usual. In her lap was a large, dirty gray rat, the type that you see running along the train tracks. She was feeding it some bread and stroking it. It looks like she had been able to tame it and turn it into a pet. My hat is off to her because it must not have been easy.

1 comment:

Bostonian in NY said...

One of my coworkers had pet rats as a kid and would continually tell us how they actually make great pets and are surprisingly smart. I don't know if I was convinced, but it stuck in my brain.