The movie was supposed to be a reward for studying hard.
Because Grant studied so well with his tutor on Saturday morning, I let them go to the movies in the afternoon. When I went to pick them up afterwards Grant looked so incredibly happy. "Wow, the movie was just the right thing," I thought.
He was happy because his tutor had bought 2 white rabbits for him. One for him and one for Audrey.
Now before you get all "awwww" on me, let me say he used my money to buy the rabbits.
The kids were thrilled.
I was not.
Because seriously - owning a pet is a big deal. It should be something you enter into after a great deal of thought and preparation. Not an impulse purchase.
Our family is sooooooo not ready to take care of another mammal. I could stretch that word "so" out from here to Ontario and it would still not convey how not ready we are.
I have trouble taking care of the 4 hearts that are already beating in this house. I can not handle any more. I love the way Kristen put it a few days ago - I have to avoid any activities "that would deplete my time, money, and sanity (three dangerously low resources right now)."
But anyway, we were proud pet owners. The kids adored them. I resigned myself to them. Buddy is on a business trip so he didn't care either way. Isn't it amazing sometimes how these things transpire while the partners are out of town?
The pet store gave Grant some strange advice when they sold him the rabbits. They said not to give them water. And make sure that any food we gave them was dried out.
Is that weird? I thought that was weird. I checked several pet care websites and none of them say that.
Last night I decided the rabbits needed some bok choy with a few drops of water on it. I mean, I think rabbits actually need water and even if they don't, surely it wouldn't kill them! Grant begged me not to do it. But I explained to him that all living things need water. It's a law of nature.
Both rabbits died overnight.
Guilt and relief, they are playing tug-of-war with my heartstrings today. Right now guilt is winning, as it always does.
At first I was sad that during our short time with the rabbits I never got to take pictures of the them. But then I realized.
I have kids.
I have an iPhone.
OF COURSE I have pictures of the rabbits!