I wrote this story as a joke when my friend, Leah, talked about wanting to have goats as pets. Those goats that faint when they get scared. I'm not a pet person and I guess what that says about me is that I'm selfish and I don't want to spend the time that it takes to take care of a pet. But at least I'm honest about it, right?
When I re-read the story yesterday preparing for today's post I was saddened by something that this story says. I am the old lady. I do not like the fact that the old lady lives alone. I do not like the fact that she is happy living alone though if that is my future I hope I can be happy with it. So, as I share my story with you today, I still do not want a pet but I don't want to project to the universe that I want to live alone either!
The story needs some simple illustrations to go along with it and maybe I'll do that in the future.
There was an old lady. She lived happily alone but her family worried about her. They did not want her to be alone.
Her first son tried to give her a dog. The old lady said, "No, thank you son. I do not want a dog. They need too much attention and exercise for an old lady like me."
Her second son tried to give her a cat. The old lady said, "No, thank you son. I do not want a cat. Their fur bothers my nose."
Her niece tried to give her a bird. The old lady said, "No, thank you niece. I do not want a bird. They need to fly around and be free."
Her nephew tried to give her a fish. The old lady said, "No, thank you nephew. I do not want a fish. They need to live in the lakes and rivers not a glass bowl."
They all tried again. A snake. No, thank you. I do not want a snake. They need to slither in the grass.
A lizard. No, thank you. I do not want a lizard. They need to climb the trees.
A guinea pig. No, thank you I do not want a guinea pig as fun as that may be.
It became a great family joke as they tried and tried again to find the old lady the perfect pet.
A goat, a cow, a horse. The old lady laughed. I have no room for a goat, a cow or a horse.
What about an elephant, tiger or pony. The old lady said, "No, my home is not a circus."
No, No! Stop I say! I am perfectly happy alone in my happy home where I sit by my pool and enjoy the sun where every now and then a butterfly, a dragonfly, or a lady bug come by.
Maybe her family should focus on helping find her a nice, old husband. Just saying.