The one about grammar and rodents…
In our part of the country, middle school students are taught the trick for identifying prepositions: anywhere a mouse can go. For example:
- a mouse can go inside your closet and induce your wrath by leaving his mousey mark on stacks of folded blankets and clothing
- a mouse can go around the live trap you bought in the hope that you wouldn’t have to explain death to your children just yet
- a mouse can go atop the dog food bowl, enabling a veritable feast for his entire mousey family
- a mouse can go across the glue trap you laid out while thinking that at least he wouldn’t die in front of the children
- a mouse can go into the live trap finally, resulting in much celebrating and a short walk to a nearby open field for release into the wild
- a mouse can go behind your back and create more mice before you even walk back into the house
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