Sorry I didn’t get the updates out – noon came and noon was loud and full of things I had to do, and then I left the house, and it was all typing and talking from then until the funeral.
As you may have noted on the Twitter feed, Ace the hamster was found dead last night. It was horrible for Natalie, just horrible. I heard the wailing from outside, and walked around the side of the house below her room, wondering if someone was skinning a cat, and by the time I got to the steps to go inside to see what was wrong – argument with Mommy over tomorrow’s clothes? Hurt feelings on the internet? – she was in the kitchen, sobbing: ACE IS DEAD.