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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Be Free Coco

All my dreams have come true. She set the frog free!!!!!!!!!! Can you tell how sad she is by the look on her face and the snot she has wiped on her shirt:
She bought this pet years ago. She had wanted one for-ev-er and I finally gave in because I THOUGHT that frogs were a low maintenance pet--mistake! You have to feed the amphibian LIVE crickets (which you keep in a separate cage and feed them to keep them alive). Oh, and don't even get me started on all the times that the crickets have ESCAPED from their holding cell...the thought makes me curdle.

Now that we live in a humid, muggy, did I say humid?, place, we have been begging her to let the frog (name: Coco) live in the wild (a.k.a. backyard). There are frogs everywhere here, and more importantly--crickets. We have been trying to convince her for months that Coco has a longing to be one with nature.

We finally found a bargaining point--a cell phone. She is the only one in the universe that doesn't have one. Boo hoo, salty tears of sadness. Up until now, I have told her that she doesn't have a cell phone because: #1-you can't use it at school, so when exactly would you be able to call someone....."Um, I can call my friends (who live around the corner) on Saturday and ask them to come outside and ride bikes." Super convincing argument. Oh, and she did add, "a cell phone makes you look cool." "No, obeying your mother makes you look cool." #2-We can't afford it. But alas, when I finally added up all the $ I was spending to buy the darn crickets, I realized that the frog was more expensive than a phone. Drat. So, here is my proposition to her: set the frog free, maintain awesome grades for 3 months, and you can have a phone that you will hardly ever use. Just typing this makes it sound so logical....

Coco has been liberated into the wild. Once we were in the house, Addie got so hysterical that she couldn't control herself and blew her nose in her shirt. The fact that a tissue was 13 inches away from her didn't stop her from using her clothing. High glamour and etiquette.

If you see a frog in your backyard, keep that information on the down low. I told the girls that Coco lives right here with us and they can visit any time. I wonder what bargaining point I'm going to have to conjure up when it's time to buy her a phone....maybe I'll try a bunny this time. I've heard they don't eat crickets.

7 comments :

The Kikuchi's said...

I am sitting here after a LONG day laughing out loud!!!! And that is not an easy thing to do when you have a 12 inch incision across your belly! You are hilarious! And YEAH that I no longer have to share a room with Coco when I stay at Nana's house! Travis will be thrilled!!!!

penny said...

This is waaaayyy to close to home. Emily's guinea pig died 2 days ago. I know , your freaking out that we have a guinea pig, but that is a different story. Anyway, Andrew lovingly helped her put it in a box and they buried it in the back yard. NOW SHE GOES OUT AND LAYS ON THE GRAVE SITE!!!!! Maybe if I get her a phone she can call Sam and they can cry together.

Madi said...

oh, poor Sammie, LET HER GET A NEW ONE! YOU MEANIE, I WOULD HAVE NEVER GIVEN IT AWAY!!!!!!!! GRR...

Becky Leland said...

Lisa, Samantha looks so sad - that's really difficult for her. I hope she gets the exact phone that she wants.

love y'all

Straight Fancy said...

Three cheers for Lisa, The fact that you ever had a pet makes you a better mother than I am! Once that cell pone is in hand the frog will be forgotten:)Technology and being cool can work wonders on a girl.

Madi said...

so, mom get me one then!

Suburban Hippie said...

I can't wait for our pets to die. I don't know what I was thinking getting a stinky dog, I thought I would grow to love her but so far it's a no go.