The rat is first in the Chinese Zodiac because, according to legend, he was the first to arrive at the Jade Emperor’s party (and probably the last to leave). Despite pervasive negative stereotypes, rats have many admirable qualities. They’re clever and sociable, not easily discouraged and will persevere through any maze to get to the cheese. An example to us all.
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Kathleen, who kept an entire colony of rats as a combination of psych experiment and pets (before I knew her) says that you’re right about rats, and that’s why they make good pets.
It occurs to me that, although I saw you both baptised and confirmed, I don’t know your natal year, your lunar sign, or your birthday.
Year of the Tiger.