From time to time, people tell me, "lighten up, it's just a rat,"
or, "that's a lot of money for just a rat."
They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the
costs involved for "just a rat."
Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a rat."
Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a rat," but I
did not once feel slighted.
Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a rat,"
and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a rat" gave
me comfort and reason to overcome the day.
If you, too, think it's "just a rat," then you will probably
understand phrases like "just a friend," "just a sunrise," or "just a
"Just a rat" brings into my life the very essence of friendship,
trust, and pure unbridled joy.
"Just a rat" brings out the compassion and patience that make me a
Because of "just a rat", I will rise early, take long walks and look
longingly to the future.
So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a rat" but an embodiment
of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the
past, and the pure joy of the moment.
"Just a rat" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts
away from myself and the worries of the day.
I hope that someday they can understand that it's not "just a rat",
but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "just a
man or woman."
So the next time you hear the phrase "just a rat" just
smile...because they "just don't understand."
Written by an unknown Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.