Last night ended with a very sombre ceremony out in the garden.
We held a simple funeral for Shadow and thanked God for the joy His creatures bring to our lives.
I had hoped that today would be a fresh start, with the promise of a trip to the pet shop after school, Teen One went off fairly happy.
I received a phone call an hour later to say he had been spotted in the corridor weeping as he went to his second lesson....would I come and collect him please.
Once Teen One was home from college we went to the Pet shop and chose some new gerbils.
Sunny ( who is identical to a previous gerbil)
They are siblings and seem so teeny tiny.
We have enjoyed their antics this afternoon, exploring their new habitat.
They have thoroughly exhausted themselves and are sleeping in a little heap in the corner of their gerbilarium.
A little joy has returned to the household, but hearts are still a little heavy remembering the loss of yesterday.