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As a child my favorite pet was a small rock. I bought it off a man who was selling them. He said these rocks had broken off the moon and landed in his backyard.
It was thrilling to have a piece of the moon. I kept it in a pan of earth and lent it to my mother to make stone soup. She said she learned about making stone soup in the early years of school. It did make the stone a little less dark each time it was cooked.
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Editor's note: The story of the pet skunk Elmer was not quite up to sniff; let's just leave it as one of the world's great, lost, bio/literary rarities.