September 27, 2012
I don’t remember what I was going to write because as I was hanging outside at my parents’ house with a bottle of Jameson’s, listening to Mumford & Sons, I heard a strange noise and looked up to see a possum that looked like it got hit by a car. I think they’re nocturnal, the thing looked really disoriented and had some blood on its face. I got up and told my mom to call someone. While I did that, the possum went over to the fountain my dad built to drink a bunch of water. It was obvious that the possum was a frequent visitor to the yard because it went straight to the water. I thought that was interesting that after it got hit it came to my parents’ yard like it was a sanctuary. That’s what pets do. I had a cat that got hit by a car and it came home to die. So it was like the possum felt at home here and figured it was a safe place to die. It was really weary. It tried to go in the woods after it drank and I thought I wouldn’t be able to keep it in the yard. I wanted to know where it was so I could get it some help. Its weakness prevented it from moving too quickly so I diverted it from whichever direction it chose to go. I crouched down and said “It’s ok” over and over again. It went around the pool and was beneath the stairs and I thought it might settle there because it wasn’t an open space. I sat in it’s path to kind of trap it there until it settled. I went into my house and my parents said that no one was going to come get it. I think that’s appalling. I think there should be a wildlife rescue league or something around here. Anyway, I got the cat carrier and then I got the possum to move into the carrier by poking it a little with a stick. Then I brought it to a local vet who takes in wildlife if you give him a donation. All I had was twenty bucks. I called later and they put the possum to sleep. They said they couldn’t save it, it had too many internal injuries. I thought that made sense, but I also thought that the cost of euthanasia was probably around twenty bucks, so I didn’t have enough money to rehabilitate the animal. I could be wrong, but whatever. I’ve saved lots of animals before. I don’t like to see things suffer, especially innocent things like animals. It’s the best thing I do in life is help in that way. Otherwise, my life is a long slow course of self destruction.
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