Written by Lincoln Pedersen.
Captured by Tenille Webster
There’s nothing like being able to talk about your passion for pocket pets other than when you get up in front of roughly 50 Students. Although that idea may haunt some, for Tenille and I it’s a thrill. An amazing honour to be able to spread our knowledge of Rats and Mice to young minds that will hopefully go on to do amazing things in their community and for themselves.
On May 8th, Tenille and I set out to Loganlea TAFE to conduct a presentation like we had done the year before with the Grovely Campus. Having so much information to feed these young, inspired men and women there had to be some sort of comedic relief to keep everyone interested, be it a joke about how much I adore chocolate, or when I said, “Imagine Porphyrin is like blowing your nose through your eyes balls” – although a gross image to have to picture, it bought everyone to tears of laughter, including myself who had troubles containing the giggles for a good 20minutes, occasionally letting out little bursts. Making little remarks and banter with Tenille would make the whole thing interactive and not black and white and mindless dribble.
What is the best part of the day? That’s a hard question. Is it the way the students’ faces light up when they see our rats and mice? Is it when I grab Bolder – our biggest male boy and you hear a sea of “Awe!”? Or is it when the whole room laughs and becomes almost like a family gathering? Or maybe, just maybe it’s the feeling of achievement and accomplishment after all those amazing experiences have been and gone but still sit on the surface slowly sinking in, like a dollop of rich chocolate syrup sinks through a fine Soufflé – oops.
Well that’s all for now. I look forward to the 1st of June when we go out to Grovely Campus to present our talk to an amazing crowd of people.