A house with a white picket fence, 2.3 children, and a dog: the American dream. I’m not sure where this idea originated, and my half baked google search failed to provide any clues. Nonetheless, I have heard this statement practically all my life – so I’m gonna run with it.
Based on the above premise, I’ve missed out on major portions of the American dream. First of all, there’s no white picket fence surrounding mi casa. Secondly, I have three children (that’s .7 too many). While my son isn’t as tall as his sisters, I find calling him .3 children insulting. How dare you, statistical analysis. The third deviation from the alleged norm: where’s the dog?
Before you break out the gallows, try to understand. I’m no heartless tyrant, nor am I immune to the cute and cuddly factor. I’m just practical. My house already fluctuates between comfortable abode and sty on a regular basis. I don’t need anything else to clean up after. Another mouth to feed? Given my record with house plants … I don’t think so.
We’ve had fish, but cleaning the aquarium was a drag. Dwarf hamsters are outrageously cute, but where would we keep the cage? More importantly, who’s gonna clean it? No one can resist a a puppy. But who’s gonna feed, walk, train, and play with the little creature? We haven’t even discussed food and vet costs. And what about smell? How do you de-smellify a pet residence?
The kids claim that they will care for the proposed pet. Personally, I’m not so sure. These are the same children who can’t be bothered to put away clothes that have already been folded for them. If, and most likely when they lose interest, who’s responsible for the newest addition to the family? Mmm Hmm. Thought so.
I have allergies. While I’m not a sneezing mess, the eczema on my hands gets aggravated when I handle animals. This being said, I’ve been tempted with the idea of a kitten. They’re really cute and playful and when they grow up they seem to be pretty self-sufficient. Maybe it could keep me company while I’m blogging. Hubby doesn’t like the idea. He says the dust situation in the house won’t get any better if we have a cat. Is he taking a shot at my domestic skills? You bet he is!