"You did what?"
"I thought you were joking."
"Are you kidding? Why?"
"But. You HATE."
"Better you then me."
"That's the last thing I expected from you."
"Come again. What did you say?"
"Shut up. You're joking. Right?"
"I can't believe that out of all the people I know, you, the person that dislikes animals so much, got a kitten. I almost don't recognize who you have become." My mother gasped over the phone as I told her the news.
Before I became a mother, the only fur I envisioned in my future was the kind that I would drape around my neck when dinning in Aspen with the husband. I love my steak medium bloody rare and my purses to be Italian leather preferably stamped with the words PRADA. I'll be the first to admit that I am not an animal lover. Sure, they look great in my dreams as the backdrop for a romantic Safari get-away. I have always imagined having a cowhide carpet in our library. Animals in dreams. Just not so much in my house where I would have to have real-life contact with them.
As a child, I hated riding horses. I never actually pet a cat. I was afraid to pick up puppies. I disliked all animal smells. I could not stand dog drool and cat hairs.
Everything I was as a child, my children are not.
Especially Jay. He pets our dog, has conversations with him, feeds him, loves him, misses him when he's gone, he draws family portraits and includes our dog. In the middle of the night, I have to re-position my son on his bed and move over a dozen stuffed animals. Dogs. Cats. Mice. Snakes. Puppies. Bears. Only a sampling of his nightly cuddles.
This picture? Yeah. He came right up to me and asked, "Mama? Will you take a picture of me and baby dog because I never want to forget him"
"I want another pet. I love animals," After months of begging for another pet, I finally caved.
"Why?" You ask. Why does a person whom disliked animals as a child, rescue a kitten from the animal shelter to add to a house full of kids and one dog?
It's quite simple. I love the look in my son's eyes; more so, I love that he loves animals. I believe that's a great attribute for him to have. Yesterday, Brian Williams said on the Ellen show "I don't trust a man who doesn't love dogs." Never in a million years would I have agreed with that statement before owning real pets. Thank goodness we don't have allergies. Having pets is a wonderful addition to a loving family.
And now that I'm not forced to look through gazillions of Youtube videos of kittens I can concentrate on looking for that fur scarf I want for my Aspen weekend with the husband. That might or might not ever happen. But one can dream big, no? In the meantime, I will vow to buy "cage-free" eggs for all my animal lovers.
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
"You did what?"
Posted by OHmommy at 12:03 AM