While we do already have 2 big dogs and a cat, Chris and I are open to another (small) pet in the house if it is something that the kids want. We have been planning on taking in a couple of leopard geckos from Ethan and Ehlayna since theirs have spawned a tremendous number of hatchlings. So off we went to the pet store to check out reptile supplies. Although Elijah loves looking at and talking to reptiles and amphibians, he hasn’t seemed that excited at the prospect of having our own. I thought going to the pet store to see them and pick up their supplies would spark something. Instead, neither child had any interest in staying in the reptile area of the store at all.
We spent a lot of time in front of the parakeets. Elijah toyed with the idea of having our own bird until we considered that it would be tormented by Sawyer…
“He’s up early!” says Elijah. A boy (about 10 years old) walking by stops to listen. “Ferrets are nocturnal,” Elijah continues. Now the boy looks quizzical. Because he doesn’t know what nocturnal means? Because he is shocked that Elijah does? Elijah takes it as the former and expounds for him. “Nocturnal means that they sleep during the day and are awake at night. He’s up early because it’s not even evening. Maybe he wants to beat the others to breakfast.” The other boys eyes widen slightly and he continues on his way.
Like most things, I don’t even remember when we started talking about diurnal/nocturnal cycles. Elijah commented the other day on an evening walk (as we walked through swarms of tiny, flying insects)- “the bats are going to have a good breakfast tonight!” Ask me again- oh doubter of unschooling- ‘how do your children learn if all you do is play?’ The answer- this is life and they want to know.
Nearing the end of our tour of the pet store, I ask the kids, “do we want another pet?” The answer is a resounding, “no, not really.” Oy- off to tell Ehlayna and Ethan’s mom that I was remiss in telling her we would take on some cold-blooded pets.