Hank’s Great Escape
In his baby days, Hank wanted nothing more than to find a way out of his habitat. Like all of us, he did not understand how very safe he was within the boundaries of his little world. As he grew into a more mature Hank, he knew that when I picked him up, he would be outside and free for a little while. His little hamster mind, and I mean little, seemed to understand that he was safe with me because I kept my eye on his travels and kept him within my sight.
Last Friday evening Hank made an escape that I did not anticipate. He had been rather docile and droopy all day and while I was away at my grandson’s piano recital, Hank escaped to where ever hamsters go when they die. I knew him only four months. He had just reached maturity. Yesterday my little nine-year old grandson and I “planted” him in a garden spot. This week I’ll buy a lily to put over his burial spot. I miss him.
Hank was a well loved hamster and I did enjoy him very much. In a couple of weeks, I’ll get another one and hope to have the next one longer. The expected life expectancy of a hamster is two years.
I just turned 70 which according to Psalm 90 is my life expectancy. “The days of our years are three score and ten; and if by reason of strength they be four score years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off and we fly away.” As I wrote only recently, we must learn to say, “If the Lord wills.” I planned to have Hank his maximum of two years but he flew away. I have plans for tomorrow, but one never knows. I am ready to fly away for I know I am Heaven bound. Eternity matters. Are you ready?
Observing Hank as a life lesson guy, he taught me many things. What is it around you from which you can learn valuable, every day living? If you just allow quietness around you, before you know it you will be thinking, “Well, that is like. . .” and when you see those things, I hope you will return to this blog and share them with me. Just comment on any post and say, “Karyl, you know what. . .” and I will be delighted to hear from you.