Carrie Fisher, AKA princes Leia, is dead today
She was by far one of the most impactful actresses on my life, as i have loved Star Wars for as long as i can remember. The saga is now a solid part of my children's lives, and Princess Leia is a household name. Her impact on the Star Wars series cannot be understated.
She was a main part of the original Episodes, along with starring in the latest Episode 7. She will also play a part in the soon to be released Episode 8, and thankfully was able to complete her work before her untimely demise
Presenting your U10 AYSO Region 21 CHAMPIONS!
After lots of hard work & practice all season, the Blue Sharks took FIRST PLACE!!!!
I couldn't be more proud.
Alexander having turned 7 last year, i figured it was time for him to get a pet. Pets are not only fascinating and fun, but they teach many useful skills to people, such as compassion & caring, sensitivity, knowledge about nature, habitats and environments. But above all, they teach responsibility
to a child. So i let Alexander choose the animal he wanted. For the next 6 months or so, we visited numerous pet store, just to browse. There are so many different ones to choose from! Eventually he narrowed down his choice to a reptile. Well, because they're cool, of course. So i bough him a book on all the different reptiles. At first he wanted a frog. Then a lizard. Then a blue-tongued skink. And then eventually he settled on a frog.
We bought miscellaneous items for the animal's habitat here and there during the next few months. Mostly everything but the actual frog, which his mother refused to purchase for him. Fast forward to this month. We are at a Holiday Bazar supporting the Kids' school, where we've gone for the last few years. They usually sell random nick-knacks and presents that you can purchase for family and friends. But this year, there was a lady hawking small pets. And once Alexander saw him, he absolutely had
to have him.
And who could blame the kid? What you're looking at here is an absolutely gorgeous, bonafide fire-belly toad.
And for a mere $12, he was ours. And by ours, i mean it was supposed to be Alexander's. The smile on that boys face reach from ear to ear, and he began detailing that he had the perfect shelf in his room on which to keep his new toad friend, to which he fondly gave the name: Spottyana Jones
When mother came to pick him up later that evening, and saw the thumb-sided animal, she lost her ever loving mind. Immediately escalating to an 11, she began ranting and raving and freaking out over Alexander's new pet. "I did not approve of this!" "It's too much responsibility!" "How dare you buy a pet for him without talking to me!" "I don't have time to take care of this!" "There's no way i'm letting that in my house!"
Lest the facts be lost on anyone who's never owned a toad, the thing makes no
noise, likes to live in the dark, eats exactly 5 crickets, once
a week, and only needs the water changed out every two weeks or so.
And this obstruction came from someone who owned a blind, diabetic dog that ate twice a day, required daily insulin shots, regularly pissed in the house and garage, and shat like twelve times a day, all of which i would have to pick up daily
so the kids could actually play on the grass in the back yard.
So yea, the "too much responsibility" argument kind falls flat. The tears streaming down Alexander's face and his horrid realization that he would not be able to keep the pet for which he pined for well over a year was all caught on camera. The choked cries of "but please, momma" were smothered with the typical smug air of superiority and certainty in her masterful parenting style.
That's no consolation for him, of course.
In the end, the frog was "handed" back to me and deemed "an unacceptable gift" for my son.
Now as it stands, Alexander gets to see "His" toad about once a week when he comes to my apartment. So the fact of the matter is... now it's essentially MY animal.
And that's the story of how i got my first pet since grade-school.