My husband is allergic to anything hairy (not my legs, thankfully), so we can’t have pets, and cats are particularly bad for him. My four year old daughter asks for a “kitty” or “puppy” several times a week, and we have to keep reminding her that it’s not going to ever happen.
Today, my son got some cat stickers on his schoolwork as a reward, and my 4 year old noticed, and started to cry when she couldn’t peel them off. She immediately started to cry – LOUDLY.
It was lovely.
This is the conversation that followed:
Me: “Don’t cry, I’ll make sure that you have some kitten stickers in your stocking this year, ok?”
4yo: “I WANT A REAL ONE!”
Me: “A real one?”
4yo: “A REAL ONE! I WANT A REAL KITTY!!!!”
Me: “You can’t have a real one, Daddy is allergic. But I’ll get you some kitty stickers, ok?”
4yo: “I no care, I want a real kitty!”
Me: “We can’t have a real kitty.”
4yo: “I WANNA KITTY!”
Nothing seemed to pacify her at this point, so I said this (in jest of course):
Me: “Ok, well, if Daddy and I start living in separate houses, then you can live with me and we’ll get a cat. Because the only way we can have a cat is if Daddy isn’t in the house, so we would have to make a tough choice.”
4yo: “I CHOOSE THE KITTY!”
Me: “You choose a kitty over Daddy?”
4yo: “Yup. Let’s go buy a kitty now!”
Me: “Won’t you miss Daddy?”
4yo: “Not if I got a kitty, I won’t!!”