The Kitty Wins

25th November 2010

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!!”

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13 thoughts on “The Kitty Wins

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  2. Chantal

    OMG… Coffee came out my nose! Our DD is just turning two next month… the things we have to look forward to (because if I were you, I would have said near the same thing to her)!

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  3. Lauralee Hensley

    Kids, gotta love ’em, unless you’re on the receiving end of a comment like that where you’re not the choosen one.
    Then you wonder and get very, very, sad.
    Hey for a long time my step-son wouldn’t eat anything I cooked, so my husband just told him all the time that he cooked it even though I really did. That’s the only way we could get him to eat. Finally he figured it out and then started eating what I cooked.
    Too bad your daughter doesn’t think of Daddy like a kitty. Ahh, well, your daughter will eventually get over it. Tell her, well if we got a kitty and you were allergic to it and it made you cough and your throat sore, your nose sneeze, you eyes water and make you itch all the time would you still want it?

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