We just moved to an historic area of downtown Arlington, so there are plaques on the house and duplex next door. Since we’re living above what used to be a barber shop, I can’t help but be reminded of Sweeney Todd! There is something a little macabre about the space, that the previous tenants apparently didn’t like very much.
Apparently, the contractor hired to renovate the property was a little kooky, and so is the landlady. We found out just HOW kooky they are when we started talking to our landlady about pets, and mentioned that we’d had two Dumbo rats before. That’s when she got so excited to show us the mummified rat on display in our wall.
I know, I know, it’s creepy, it’s weird, it’s bizarre, and that’s why I love it. I also love that they respected this rat enough to give him an honored place on the property. Our landlady says we’re probably the only tenants so far who love him. Best. Conversation. Piece. Ever.