Let me share a little story about how Streak came to be. As I have mentioned in previous posts, "A" is very into frogs right now. In fact, she has counted all of her frogs (toys, stuffed animals, earrings, etc) and I think she has almot 150. Yikes! So I thought she would be thrilled if we got her a real frog for her birthday. So before breaking the news to "A" I went down to the pet store and did some research. This nice young lady that worked there informed me that the very best pet frog is the Pacman frog - bright colors, low maintenance and lazy - will just sit in your hand. Great! Sounded perfect. So I told "A" the plan and she couldn't have been more excited. Well, the day finally came and we took the whole family down to the pet store to pick out the Pacman frog. Well, there was a nice young man working that day and when we told him we wanted a Pacman - he quickly told us why that was a very bad idea. First, the Pacman frog can grow to be huge and it bites! He showed us it's tooth! He said he had a Pacman bigger than the size of his hand and he feeds it a baby rat once a week. Whoa! Then he hold us about his friend that had a Pacman take a bite out of his arm! Ok - no Pacman frog afterall. So we asked this "nice (and knowledgeable) young man" (who owns about every reptile or amphibian you could find in the pet store) - what would be the best pet frog for this sweet 10 year old girl. He proceeded to tell us about the Australian Blue Dumpy frog. The frog itself costs $50.00 but with everything we would need to take care of it - we were looking at dropping $100.00 on a pet frog! I should have nipped it in the bud but I let this guy go on and on about how wonderful the Australian Blues are. "A's" eyes were getting bigger and bigger while Wes was giving me the "what are you getting us into!" look. After all was said and done, I had to explain to "A" that we had better take some time to think about such an expensive and involved pet and she agreed even as her eyes filled up with tears. I am proud of her because she tried hard to be understanding while dealing with the major disappointment of a broken promise. Believe me- I did not feel like a very good mom on this day!
But it all worked out for the best. "A" decided she would be satisfied with a $6.99 green tree frog which she named "Streak." She loves it and takes great care of it. Whew! We can be done with pets for a while!
Drawing done by I-man