Boo: Can I get a weenie dog?
Me: No, we aren’t getting any more dogs after Abby.
Boo: Then can I have a squirrel?
Which then brings on the nonsense that has been going round my head for the last month about the possibility of Ems getting a guinea pig for her birthday which has been a topic of discussion this last year.
I had wanted her to wait until she was 13 or 14. Grandmama said that was too late and that was past “guinea pig craving“ age. Militant Mama (me) calmed down and thought, okay maybe she’s right and maybe her eighth birthday would be the right time. I mean she’s been cooing and carrying and feeding and caring for the cat here over the last few months.
So, I did some online research on guinea pigs.
They are a very kid friendly pet. They are social animals. They live from five to seven years and as long as ten. They need a lot of space, but there are some great ideas for inexpensive pens. They won’t have to be walked in the blistering chill or leave hair all over the downstairs. They probably also won’t chew up hula skirts and throw them up on the carpet.
There would be a definite cost in their upkeep as for food and bedding. Mama would be doing the feeding/cleanup that Ems fails to do on top of our other two furry family members. We have a cat and a dog, at least of which the cat would think guinea pig would be a fun toy if Em’s leaves guinea pigs out or door open. The cage would take up a lot of space in Em’s room.
I’m thinking that maybe it is I, who is not ready for the guinea pig. Or perhaps we should trade in the houdini escape artist dog and hula puking cat in for two little gentle fuzzballs.
Which then leads to the other question going through my head these last few weeks about what to get Ems for her eighth birthday? She’s in this funny stage. No longer little girl but not quite teen. I’m going to stay away from the HORRIBLE word and all the accoutrements that go along with the word pre-teen.
She has craft projects galore, we have toys that are not being played with. Books are always a good option, but then what else?
There is the hounding, hounding, hounding request for a Nintendo DS, that with the tax refund I could afford, but have a hard time when they already have so much on the computer they can play and besides that really would be a better gift for both the girls at Christmastime, if I can force myself to break down and do it. They are smart, imaginative girls, I imagine that they would not become drooling zombies regardless of what images I create in my brain.
So give me your advice….guinea pig or no?
What great things are there out there to thrill an eight year old girl with a plastic toy hating mama?
I know, I know, I really overthink these things. I do.