For months, wait no it’s been years, Logan has been pestering me for a reptile. He aimed BIG at first with the request of an alligator. “But they’re so cute mom.” It took some explaining…they’re ginormous reptiles that do not belong in our home. They might eat your little brother. We have no room for an alligator, nor the means to take care of one. Mommy is petrified of alligators, sharks, and birds! So he brought it down a notch and asked for the $600.00 parrot that “took a liking” to him at the pet store is how he put it. Again, Mommy + Birds…NO! Watching Hitchcock’s The Birds while on Nantucket island…not such a good idea.
I’ve been contemplating what to do. Snake? No. I have horrifying dreams of snakes. I used to be okay with them until my friend’s boyfriend’s boa nearly took his arm off. It didn’t help that I entered their apartment during feeding time. Poor Mr. Rabbit. I’ve never been the same. During high school we had a Water Dragon…all I can say is “damn crickets!” We’re definitely not getting anything that requires live crickets. Iguana…live too long, not ready for that type of commitment.
I really pushed for a California Firebelly Newt because I’m partial to newts. My friend got me one for my 11th birthday and I had it until my senior year of high school. Easy to take care of. I couldn’t make the sale. He doesn’t want a newt. I kept researching and I think we might just settle for a little anole. We discussed, we agreed, but there needed to be a catch. He’s 6 now and he needs to be responsible for this little creature. The deal…he feeds it, cleans its tank, uses his money to buy meal worms, AND we don’t get it until after kindergarten graduation. He’s set. Thrilled with the deal. So what is the first thing I told him he needed to do? Clean the tank.
I don’t think I have ever seen him so happy doing a chore. He even made sure to tell me how much fun it was. He also did quite a good job, meticulous like his mom. He is over-the-moon excited. I just hope he can keep on his good behavior, keep up with his chores, and do great in school so we can go get the darn little green thing.