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In Respect for Charlie A Tribute to Dead Pets Most everyone has experienced the death of a beloved family pet These times are met with an attitude of seriousness and utter solemnity Death is not a funny thing and any soul should be mourned the same In the many times my pets have passed on be they dogs cats or golden junebugs we have always buried them in an honorable and memorable way Sometimes though things dont go as planned This is the case of my adored animals Charlotte Excelsior and GoldfishX Tupperware is a wonderful thing so useful Into this wondrous contraption was interred Charlotte our hermaphrodite hamster Charlottes well Charliesno Charlotte I think it was well anyway the hamsters sex was a bit of an enigma The pet lived a couple of years in my sisters care and played in the warm sunlight that filtered through the shiny tubes ducts and pipes of hisher cage On the day that whatever-it-was died something snapped in my sisters brain As we walked down the hill of our backyard I noticed the gleam of plastic in Lauras hand different from the usual cardboard box coffin thats usually used in our familys ritual burials She was planning on entombing CharlotteCharlie in the ground in expensive plastic Tupperware Mother would be enflamed if she knew But Laura was hiding the container and the hamster where mom would never find either I guess Im morbid Maybe I think too much or Im extravagant Is giving a beetle a burial service a little eccentric All things great and small deserve a little piece of immortality Excelsior as Anne and I named him was a gorgeous golden junebug that had been living in Annes basement Living on stale air and carpet lint Excelsior lived a good life for a bug When we discovered him dead one day everyone looked a little down Excelsior age unknown son of Gladys and
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