About eight years ago, the Bealeton library staff found me living a less-than-luxurious life underneath the boarded up Bealeton Depot, outside of the Bealeton Library (I've now fixed up the Depot; you really should take a look).
Anyway, back to our story. I decided that they were a good group, and I allowed them to adopt me. Though I am magnificent in many ways, I also have extra toes which add to my overall dashing appearance and distinction. The ladies at the library, being book lovers, named me after Ernest Hemingway, the famous writer who had a collection of cats with extra toes, also known as polydactyl cats. So I was named Ernest P. Hemingway - the "P" standing for "polydactyl."
My friends just call me Ernie.
|Ernie ruling from inbox|
Since I've allowed the library staff to adopt me, life has been good. I live in the workroom of the Bealeton library, and I run the library from there. You can often find me in the manager's chair (my rightful place), in staff members' inboxes, or near my own collection of books. I stave off boredom by chasing my tail, which is not as easy as it may look. I take my job of guarding the parking lot very seriously, and I can often be found keeping watch. It may look like I am sleeping, but trust me, I can spring into action very quickly if squirrels or butterflies invade my territory.
|Ernie at St Basil's Cathedral, Russia|
This year, I am delighted that folks from all over Fauquier County are taking me on vacation.While I love to explore interesting and far-away places, I have fun at local parks, grabbing ice cream or touring local farms, too. So regardless of where your summer travels take you, stop by, pick up a Flat Ernie to take with you, or just come by to say hello.
And, of course, have a purrfectly relaxing summer!
Ernie, the library cat