If your child knows how to turn on your laptop, get to craigslist, click on pets, and find a listing for a white bunny that needs a new home, all before you have had your first cup of coffee, you might find yourself in my current situation.
Last night, around 8 o'clock, at the end of a long country road, we welcomed a new member into our family. Meet Honey Bunny.
Our first family pet. George and I had the family pet discussion back when Avery was still in diapers, when we had to drag ourselves away from the litter of puppies up for adoption in front of the grocery store. Yes, they were incredibly adorable, but we decided that we would wait to adopt a family pet until our children were old enough to ask for a pet. Then we would be the coolest parents ever when we said yes.
But even better than being cool parents is seeing our children take care of their new pet. Avery has read three bunny books, cover to cover, and is now an expert on what a bunny eats and what it can't eat, how to hold and pet and groom a bunny. Aidan told me it was like he was the bunny's dad and Avery was the mom. They check on the bunny every few minutes, pick lettuce from the garden to feed the bunny, let the bunny eat raisins out of their hands, draw pictures of and for the bunny, and even fight over who will clean up the shavings she kicks out of her cage. As George said, let's hope this lasts. And more importantly, let's hope Honey Bunny grows to love our family.
If you don't want this to happen to you, I suggest you put a parental block on craigslist.