Things I never posted last year of my three-month cross-country rubbertramp trip with Alyssa, November 16th:
Room 8 was a stray cat who waltzed into a classroom at Elysian Heights Elementary back in 1952. He instantly became a fixture of the school, living there during the class season and disappearing during summer vacation. When a new school year would begin, he’d be back there on the first day. He was named after his favorite classroom.
In time, he became famous, and news cameras would be there waiting for his arrival at the start of each school year. The school would receive a hundred letters a day addressed to him and his fame lead to being profiled in numerous national magazines, a documentary, and a children’s book.
In his older years, he got hurt in a cat fight and was taken in by a nearby family. He still visited the school, but was returned across the street to his second forever home by the janitor every day until he died at the age of 21 in the comfort of an animal hospital. His long obituary ran in papers ranging from local all the way to the east coast and he was buried at a local pet cemetery with a grave stone funded by money raised by the students.
Today, his memory surrounds the school, and his paw prints are even imprinted in one of the many inscribed sidewalk panels around it, which include stories and drawings by past classrooms of their memories of him. A beautiful mural can also be seen behind the gate.
More proof that non-human animals make this world a more magical place.
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