Of Parakeets and Freezers
Washington Post obituaries will often include a person's hobby or interest. Often this means a vague enthusiasm for pets ("he liked dogs," "she adored lizards").
Today, I heard a vivid tale of animal bonding. Josephine Czapp, who died April 6 at 89, raised many kinds of pets. But she had a particular love for her parakeet Snookie.
She asked to be buried with the bird and told her family that if Snookie went first, he was to be placed in a tin box to be held in the freezer until she died. She told her family that if she went first, could they please buy a larger freezer and wait to be united with the bird?
Her daughter-in-law Cheryl Czapp wrote to The Post: "Sadly, Snookie died last fall and has, to the amusement of all of our friends, been in the freezer until last Saturday, when we put his small coffin under her rosaried hands for their mutual final resting place."
Why do I keep thinking of Monty Python?
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