February 18, 2010

Regine wants a pet

When I was tucking my daughter to sleep,

Regine : “Daddy, I want to keep a pet.”

Me : “What kind of pet do you want?”

Regine : “A goldfish.”

Me : “If you want a pet, you’ll have to be responsible for it.”

Regine : “I am going to name it ‘Ham'”

Me : “But I don’t like the idea of anyone keeping a pet. Think about it, instead of swimming inside a bowl, the fish would be happier swimming in a river or lake somewhere, where it gets to play with its friends and relatives, right?”

That was my cheap shot to avert the idea of having to buy her a goldfish.

Regine : [nods]

Me : “So which do you think is better? Keep that goldfish in a bowl as a pet? Or let it swim freely outside and being happy with other fishes?”

Regine : “Keep as a pet.”

Me : [legs up in the air]

I thought I was in for a good start there. You know, infusing the thought about animal cruelty and shit, so that I don’t have to worry about no pets. But it didn’t turn out quite right. You should have seen her face when she gave me that last reply. It was that ‘who gives a crap about a goddamn goldfish’ kind of expression… Mein gott in himmel!

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4 Comments to “Regine wants a pet”

  1. Tan Yee Hou says:

    Awww Regine growing up already!

    Get a bigger tank, the equilibrium is easier to maintain!

  2. Buy her a dog… She could take care of the dog while you could also kick the dog when stressful from work :) How’bout’hat?

  3. michaelooi says:

    Yee Hou – A tank huh… yeah, those Mat Rempits could use a little crushing

    DV – A dog isn’t exactly the most hygienic animal to have as a pet. No thanks. I’d rather kick my neighbor’s car when there’s a need to do that.

  4. littlecomma says:

    Haha…. She’s so adorable. :)

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