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Childhood V – Pets

dead_fish1Pets, pets, and more pets! If there was anything that any little kid would be obsessed about, it would be animals. I mean, who could ignore those cute little things? Remember going to the petting zoo when you were little? There was one right by my house at a farm a couple of blocks away. If there is something that I loved about childhood, it was definitely getting to be around animals. Stroking their nice, soft fur, watching them play around in their pens, there’s no doubt why most little kids wanted to have a pet growing up. Especially because of all of those cartoons with talking animals doing “people things”,  little kids might imagine that maybe an animal would actually play with them– like a human would. After growing up with the Bernstein Bears or reading Corduroy, I actually thought that a bear would be… fun! I felt like I could hug an actual bear, maybe cuddle with one to get me to sleep at night. But it turns out that if you try it might rip your arms off or eat you alive.  I remember our family never managed to get a pet because of family members having allergies. Whenever the chance came up, I would repeatedly ask my parents to get me a dog just like our neighbors, or a hamster, just like the house down the street. At such an early age, of course parents would decline the request because kids aren’t that responsible to feed, walk, and care for an animal. My first pet, and probably everyone else, was a fish. Just a small little sliver of a fish that would swim around in such a tiny glass bowl.  They were so easy to get around! I remember getting it at Walgreen’s for a dollar. Don’t you remember getting them at the carnival? You had to throw that little plastic ball into the hole and the guy would give you this little fish and you had no idea what to do with it. Just like a toy, you would watch it swim around for a while, and the next thing you know, you are completely neglecting the animal. It’s the same cycle over and over again:
Step 1:
Fish holds your attention. You are very attached to the animal, feeding it once a day just like your mommy told you. You keep the bowl adequately clean. This usually lasts one to three days.
Step 2:
Fish holds your attention slightly. You forget to feed it every once in a while. The glass bowl starts to get green and the pebbles on the bottom are slightly discolored. This usually lasts two to four days.
Step 3:
Fish barely holds attention. You completely ignore the fish, feeding it only when you have nothing else to do, so it is basically surviving by eating its own feces (Eww). The glass bowl is completely green, you can not see a thing through the glass. This step usually lasts three to five days.
Step 4:
“Mommy! Look at my fish, he’s sleeping!” “Sorry hun, I think it’s dead”.
How tragic.
Well, at least Mr. Toilet is happy…

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Edited By Mark Savin