Back when Catticus (now Sparrow) was still here …
I wrote that my neighbour’s grandson’s school was fundraising for Project Velcro. Then I remembered (because he surprised me with a visit at work) that a former co-worker is now a teacher at that school! We talked and realized how nice it would be for all the kids to see a little bit of where their efforts went.
So Catticus was packed up and taken to meet the “Me to We Club” — the kids mostly responsible for the fundraising.
My friend David, the teacher, picked me up and drove me to the school. We had a few quiet minutes before she was “on”. She calmly explored David’s classroom (his students were all in art class). At the appointed time we headed to another classroom. Word had clearly leaked out; pretty much every kid we passed noticed her in the carrier. Funny for me because adults rarely notice I have anything in that carrier. It’s one of those like-a-gym-bag ones.
We got to the classroom and I sat at the front, Catticus in her carrier at my feet. The kids (and a number of teachers!) trooped in and settled themselves on the floor around us. Once everyone was settled, I gave a little talk on Toronto Cat Rescue and Project Velcro, thanking them for their help. Then I opened the carrier. Catticus popped her head out and looked around — at about 20 pairs of eyes staring at her! She jumped out, headed away from them, and did a circuit around the outside edge of the classroom. Once she’d done her survey she started weaving in and around the kids, happily receiving pets and attention. Such a great little ambassador!
After half an hour we headed back to David’s classroom. She explored and played for a bit until David’s students got back from art class. They had a little visit and the day was done. The kids left and David drove us home — and had a visit with the kittens, of course!