THE RAT: May He Rest In Peace

 In honor of {Throw Back Thursday}, every Thursday I will be posting a post from our blog The Hutcheson Headline that we used while living in Uganda from 2012-2013. The post below was originally published by me on August 18, 2012 . You can view it here if you’d like to see the original version

We have a rat in our house. We used to have two, but Drew beat one to death with one of my wooden spoons. I’ll get to that part of the story in a minute.

How do we know we have a rat in the house? Because we’ve seen it…several times. It squeezes it’s ugly body underneath our front door and roams around our house all night. Gross, I know.

Last week my family was staying with us. We told them about “the rat” (at this time we only thought we had one…little did we know) but none of us had seen it in a few days. My mom and dad were in the kitchen one evening doing the dishes. All of a sudden I hear my mom scream and start shouting something about a mouse. All of us immediately jumped up on the counter! The rat was running around in the window ledge near the drying rack where my mom was placing clean dishes!

What followed next was one of the most hilarious nights we’ve had in a long time! By the end of the night we were all sweating bullets as we first tried to trap the mouse in sticky glue, then underneath a bucket, and then finally beat him to death with a wooden spoon. All of us girls were up on the counter while the men were brave enough to be on the floor with the rat. Ten different suggestions all being offered at once, lots of screaming, and tons of laughing. Oh, and did I mention we got it all on video?

Viewer Discretion Advised 

As a side note: My favorite comment in this video is my mom frantically saying, “Just one minute. Just one minute. Can he climb up the cupboard????” =) Also, make sure you watch to the end of the video where you can clearly see how big the rat is!

At first I felt bad about killing the rat. But it really had to be done. It would have just kept coming back again and again. What we didn’t know at the time is that the rat has a brother! We just discovered this last night and this (in my opinion) is the most disgusting part of the story.

Last night I woke up at 3 am and decided to turn on our video baby monitor so I could see my sweet little angel sleeping peacefully. Instead, what I saw when I turned on the monitor was two tiny, glowing eyes staring straight at me, one long tail flapping in the air, and the ugly body of A RAT…..running around in Isaiah’s BED!!!!!! I couldn’t believe my eyes and immediately woke Drew up. But, as soon as we starting panning the camera around to try and follow the rat, he heard the subtle noise it makes and scampered off. I thought I might throw up! That disgusting creature on my baby’s bed! I had nightmares about that thing the rest of the night!

So, to end this rat’s tale I’ll just say that I no longer feel sorry for the rat who passed away last week (may he rest in peace). Rat #2 is getting a little too chummy with my son and I think he will soon join his brother in rat heaven. Honey, get the wooden spoon. We’ve got a rat to kill!! (Actually I think we’ll try a more humane way this time….maybe rat poison?)

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