Burying your rats in your parent's back yard.
Originally the goal was to make sure that all the rats were buried together in the same vicinity and that cats wouldn't excavate them. At the time we lived in an apartment (actually, we still do) so it only seemed logical that we bury them in Nat's parent's back yard. As you can imagine that notion was warmly welcomed by both rat loving parent's of Nat's and Nat and Andy were instructed to "bury them in the compost bin." That was usually followed with "Can't you JUST THROW THEM AWAY?" Parents just don't understand.
Well, as father requested, we buried a few of them in the compost bin, but needed more space so buried some in their garden of old. We put Slinky and Grandpa together on the side of the house with Mom's rhubarb along with a Pepsi can (which later resurfaced - the can, not the rat).
Come the following year, Dad couldn't stop complaining about the really healthy insects living in his compost bin and requested I not bury rats there again. We consented. He suggested the trash. We declined.
Deciding that this wasn't something Dad would be letting us do again, we performed the next burial during the day when he wasn't home. We picked a bad spot - too many roots - but it was a will hidden, well-covered corner of the house. Mom knew about this but heck if she was going to tell Dad!
Well, nobody had to tell Dad because of his great timing. He decided to clean the gutters on that particular portion of the house that very weekend!
Nat and Andy went over to the parent's for dinner that Sunday night and Dad asked if we had any idea whatsoever, why it is that the ground wasn't level, and more importantly, why his ladder sank into the ground about 2 feet after he started climbing it. We all laughed, but I know he wanted to kill me.
We now have more rats to bury and we have our eyes on a wonderful spot. It's the only part of the yard that is without grass, and it is very close to my Mother's Lilly of the Valley collection that seems to be needing some nutrition. Besides, you know where Slinky and Grandpa are? Apparently a tulip that my parent's haven't seen since they first moved in the place came back to life!
I think the other barren portions of the yard could really use our help :o)
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