At 11:48 AM 10/1/2007 +0100, you wrote:
>This weeked flint died.
>The question I would appreciate an answer to, is why I went to all the
>trouble over this "rat"? - When if I kill the cockerals, we will eat them
>and boil up the bones, which like the hens we had were put in the dustbin
>when they died.
>Is this final ceremony a way of providing one total and final "caring"
>gesture to reassure we have completed our social obligation to care?
You have obviously never tried hamster-pot-pie, Mike.
And if you really care enough for a ceremony, it is always OK to offer a
short Grace before digging in. H-P-P goes well with cranberry sauce.