As a teacher, it's surprising how often I meet those who tell me they wanted to be a teacher, but their career took them in a different direction.
And that's what happened to Rosie. Rosie's second career is in the kindergarten at my school. She adds a lot to our staff, with her bright eyes and endless energy. Rosie didn't always work in an elementary school. She began her academic career in a university research lab, but the working conditions were crowded and the job was repetitive. Rosie was fond of small children and wanted to work with younger students.
And there was that other problem with the lab -- they were planning to kill her when the project was finished.
Rosie, after all, is a rat.
She's a little white rat, with pink ears and cute twitchy whiskers. Rescued from her fate at the lab, Rosie now lives in a cage in a classroom, and can't wait until it's time for the children to open her cage, under close supervision, and play with her. She practically vibrates with delight, every time a kid gets close to the cage.