Animal lovers; you either are or you aren’t. I would throw myself in the “am” category. I get it from my mom. We had animals throughout my youth. We took in strays, we took in retired working dogs, oh there’s a cat who needed home….sure, we’re a domesticated zoo (or it felt like one at times.
Recently, we joined a homeschool co-op. So far, it’s been a wonderful experience. My daughter is making all sorts of friends and the moms are truly a fantastic group of ladies. We meet at two different homes, depending on who is hosting. Last week, the home we met at had a variety of pets.
My daughter walks over holding a little ball of fur. Her heart had been captured by none-other than “Hammy the Hamster” (as she called him). Ut-oh…I see where all this cuddling, cooing and petting is going….Yup, to the dreaded, “Mom, can I have a hamster?”
Sure enough, we didn’t even make it home and the question slipped out of her mouth before I killed the ignition upon pulling into the driveway. Oh boy! Her dad was going to be “thrilled” at this latest animal prospect. Her dad never had pets growing up. Our first rescue was almost cause for divorce. Yup, I was getting the dog and he could stay if he chose to. Sounds harsh, right? Nah! Did you miss the title of this blog?? *smile*
Deterrent. What could I use as a deterrent to the child who remembers everything? Ah ha! I research and presentation report. Yeah, that’s the ticket! Ok, I foolishly thought she’d fall for that. Oh no! My ever-vigilant, hamster-wanting child welcomed the challenge. Heck, she even bumped up the start of school by a week so she could start on her paper.
She insisted on visiting the library last weekend to check out books on hamsters. She voluntarily took those books to daycare and wrote and entire page of facts and general information about hamsters for her presentation. That caught me off guard. She was please as punch at her progress.
Later that evening, I wrote out questions she needed to find answers to in order to present her paper. She did all that before dinner so she could move her parental presentation to right after dinner instead of the following day.
Considering she has never stood in front of anyone, spoke about what she learned and was doing so on a subject of great interest, I’d say she did a fantastic job. She closed her “argument” with if allowed to get a hamster, it would help teach her responsibility and help her grow as a person in pursuit of caring for animals.
Uggh! She played the responsibility card and she sounded sincere. Knowing her father had said he didn’t want a hamster in the house, he leaves the presentation saying, “it’s up to your mother”. Well, shoot. she knows I can’t turn away a pet opportunity. In fact, I know she’s counting on it.
Final delay tactic; going to the pet store to price out supplies and the cost of adding a rodent to our home. I should mention, she had asked her Godfather if he’d buy her the hamster, if I agreed. What a kid, securing the financial part of her endeavor. She’s one smart cookie!