My oldest daughter, who is an absolute angel and never asks for anything EVER, said to me last night...
"Mom I know what I really want for Christmas."
I'm thinking, YEAH!! This is good! I have been inquiring, quizzing and interrogating her for the last 3 weeks and all I've gotten out of her is SNOW PANTS.
"Instead of snow pants or anything else all I want is just one thing."
I can hardly wait to hear it! Seriously all she ever asks for is art stuff and I've just about exhausted my search for paints, pencils and paper.
"Well, all I really want is...."
Yes?? What would you like?? Hmmmmm?? My darling, sweet child???
(I didn't really say that, but I did turn to her and smile while I waited for her answer.)
"All I want for Christmas is a puppy."
My smile freezes. My shoulders drop. Uhhhh, oh.
"PuhLeeEEEze???" (accompanied by this EXACT LOOK)
My mind races no, no, No, NO! Don't ask for the one thing I CAN'T give!!!
You see, we have a "NO PETS ALLOWED" rule at our house. I'm allergic to cats and over time I have managed to convince my kids that I'm now allergic to ALL animals including fish. Matt goes along with this because even though he is a cat lover, he doesn't like having to deal with the mess that a pet can create. I just don't have time for a pet and I KNOW that after the novelty of a new pet wears off - I will be the one who has to take care of it.
"Shannon, we can't get a puppy."
"Pleeeze mom?! I'll take care of it! Pleeeeeze????" (still with the puppy dog eyes)
"I'm sorry but the answer is no." (I'm not exactly sure what I said but this sounds good.)
"But mommmmm.... why not??" (tears are ACTUALLY pooling up in her eyes!)
What do I do? What do I say? She's so sweet and good and nice and she DESERVES A PUPPY!!!!
That's the best I could come up with.
I feel bad, but rules are RULES, right?? We don't break them um, ever, right?? Because that would be bad and set a precedence and then Ellie would want a hamster and a turtle and Christopher would want a snake or something really stinky and Shelby would surely want a cat and then we would have PROBLEMS. Right??
Giving in to puppy request = bad idea. Yes?? (Nod your heads if you agree with me.)
So what do you get a great kid that will be just as good as a puppy??