A Day in the Life: Say What?!?!

For those who might not know, I’ve been very under the weather recently. But today is a new day and I can actually breathe through my nose again! Yay!

However, during my absence, there have been some changes around my household…

We have rodents.

But wait. These aren’t the kind I can call the exterminator for and have him make them go away. Nope. They’ve taken up permanent residence.

Meet Alex and Sebastian:


Names sound familiar? Yeah, I’m just thrilled about it. (Catch the sarcasm?) But alas, there is a story about these little fellas…

Recently, my eldest son turned nine. That’s a huge deal, right? Last year in single-digits. That means I’m getting old, by the way. For his birthday, Bob convinced me to allow Eddie to get a pair of gerbils. Believe me, this took some doing.

Finally, I agreed. And Bob, being the excited fella he is, couldn’t wait to tell Eddie the news which just happened to be while we were in the car on the way out Ted’s Escondido (yes, indeed, in Tulsa you can find a Mexican restaurants named Ted’s–go figure). So for the rest of the car ride to the restaurant, while we were at the restaurant and then during the car ride to the pet store we had to discuss names. Since we were getting two, we needed names that went together–Eeny & Meeny (or meanie…); Salt & Pepper; Peanut & Butter; Peanut butter & Jelly; Spit & Spot, Dumb & Dumber; Fred & Ned; Lickety & Split; etc, etc. With four people tossing out names every three seconds you could only imagine what all we came up with!

Unfortunately, nothing was decided on by the time we got to the pet store.

And still nothing immediately sprang to mind when we saw the three gerbils at the store. But hey, people have kids before they decide on a name, so what’s wrong with adopting a pair of nameless rodents? Nothing!

But they can’t be nameless forever, and after a collective three hours trying to figure out a name, Bob had had enough and said, “Well, son, they’re both boys. So I think the only thing to do is for you to pick the names of two of the heroes from your mother’s books.”

“Huh?!” Call me nuts, but I don’t see a single reason to name them this way.

My kids, however, did–likely due to my reaction and suddenly my son thinks this is a brilliant idea and would like to hear a list of names.

Pulling an Andrew, Earl of Townson I looked to Bob, lifted my eyebrow and said, “Why don’t you give them a list since this is your idea.”

Needless to say, he couldn’t remember a few of their names–but he did remember enough for my son to pick two names: Sebastian and Alex…

While this might not be the most exciting story I’ve shared, there’s a reason for it. We’ve only had these little fur balls a short time but they’ve really wreaked havoc on our house, so stay tuned there’ll be more chaos to read about guaranteed.

Have a great Wednesday, everyone!


6 thoughts on “A Day in the Life: Say What?!?!”

  1. Been there. We got guinea pigs. We’d had them about 2 months when all the sudden we had little ones. Thought we had gotten 2 boys turned out we had gotten a boy and a girl. So you might want to take them to the vet or something to make sure you actually got 2 boys. Its not as easy to tell the difference between a boy and a girl in something so small.

  2. Good luck with this. We did the same thing when my oldest turned nine and soon after his father and I were the ones cleaning the cage! The rodents are only fun until they bite their owner.

    1. And when this happens, they’ll need to find a new home. That was the deal. It sounds harsh, but if they want the pet, they gotta take care of it. The dog is more than enough for me to keep up with! (Well, and I won’t lie, all those little “pooplets” as my boys call them, make me a little squeamish.)

  3. We actually had two pet rats. The people at the pet store said they were the best choice because, unlike hamsters, gerbils, and mice, they rarely bite. Those guys were the sweetest things ever. If you held a string in front of them, they would play with it just like cats would do. The only thing I didn’t like was the tendency to drop…errr…droppings at any time. The biggest drawback was their short lifespan. 😦

    Have fun with the new pets!

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