"Mommy, when our cats pass by*, can we get a chihuahua?" questioned Corinne from the back of the van on the way home from the Tuesday night showing of Diary of a Wimpy Kid**.
I wasn't sure if I should be more concerned about my reaction to the idea of the cats dying - I experienced absolute bliss for a moment, picturing the baskets and baskets of laundry that would remain pee-free, the plastic bags and strings that wouldn't be chewed on and then found in the litter box later on, and the knowledge that I would never again wake up and begin my day by stepping in a pile of feline vomit - or the fact that she could so easily discuss the demise of 2 pets that she absolutely adores. I mean, she carts these poor creatures around in baby blankets while patting their backs and cooing. They're her freaking babies and she's flippantly negotiating for their replacement once they bite the big one!
I decided to be blunt and go for the jugular:
"Honey, I think chihuahuas are kind of freaky-looking. Besides, when the cats die, we'll need time to, ah, miss them before we think about any other pets."
"Oh. Well then... can we go to Disney World when they die?"
Explain this child to me. Please?
*"Pass By"... Isn't that freaking cute? I haven't corrected her. I keep wondering what it is they're going to go past.
** I LOVE the Cinemark dollar movies. We have one nearby that has $1 movie nights on Tuesday. Every other day they show slightly older movies (like, 2 months old. Ancient, right?) for about $2 but on Tuesday nights it's a buck! $4 for me and my kids to see a movie on the big screen! Bring it. Oh, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid was freaking ADORABLE. Very well done. My family has read those books repeatedly and found the movie to be a fabulous rendition of the storyline and characters. Two thumbs up, baby!
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