October 6, 2008
The following story was written by Erin Peters, from Sydney, Nova Scotia. Erin attends class with the Adult Learning Association of Cape Breton County, Sydney Reading Circle. She lives with her Mom and Dad in Sydney. Erin likes to drop into Clubhouse and do the dishes. She also likes music and listens to the radio. Next year, when Erin returns to class, she is looking forward to learning how to count money.
My family got Ralph from the SPCA when he was a full grown cat. We think he was 2 or 3 years old. He was called a stray but when we got him home he was neutered and declawed so we think he might have been a runaway.
Ralph’s weight was twelve pounds. He is now thirteen years old. My mother makes quilts and Ralph is always her helper. He likes to see the needle on the sewing machine go up and down and sleeps in the middle of the quilt. Ralph makes sure the lines are straight when she hand quilts.
Ralph has a thyroid condition and takes two pills a day. He likes to be waited on so he screams at my mother when he wants to eat. He knocks on the door of my mother’s room every morning when he wants to go out. He sits on my father’s lap but will wait until my father says it’s ok. We all love Ralph.
[This story was taken with permission, from Our Side of the Mountain 2008, p. 12, a collection of writings by adult learners from Cape Breton, prepared by the Adult Learning Association of Cape Breton County.]