It's Spring Break! This means a whole, empty week stretching out in front of us. Depending on your perspective, this week looks like a desert of Wizard's of Waverly Place and screaming fights OR it looks like delirious joy away from the torture of waking up early and then sitting in a classroom all day.
During this delirious span of fighting and laugh tracks I'm hoping to break things up with LEARNING and AWESOMENESS. But so far I'm feeling LAZY and GROUCHY so that plan isn't working out so well.
This morning, upon discovering that the dog is out of food, I had a brain wave. It went like this:
1. Oh no! The dog is hungry!
2. We must go to the pet store and buy more food!
3. The pet store will be a fun distraction from laugh tracks and fighting!
4. We can look at fish and kitties and lizards and… hamsters.
5. [light bulb]
6. What if we BUY a hamster?
7. Buying a hamster would be both a thing of LEARNING and a thing of AWESOMENESS!
8. I had a hamster growing up, and other than getting five stitches and an infection in my foot, it worked out GREAT.
9. We can force the Oldest Child to take care of said hamster. He will learn responsibility!
10. [text husband with great idea]
11. [husband texts back with one word: "pass"]
But I don't think I'm ready to give up that easily. Hamsters are kind of awesome, right? And surely, in the past 20-odd years someone has created a technology to make them less smelly, right?
So let's talk pros and cons.
1. Husband already said no, so if I buy one I'm in trouble
2. It will die at some point, traumatizing everyone in a variety of ways
4. might get eaten by dog
5. will inevitably be more expensive than I imagined
2. potentiality for teaching responsibility
3. potentiality for hilarity
4. we can get one of those ball things for it to run around in
5. at least one day of excitement shared by everyone
So, what say you? Hamster. Yes or No?
Pretend you're not my husband.