today when i was picking lala up from her dance class, she found a roly poly in the bark chips outside the dance studio. she was thrilled beyond belief. she first showed miss heidi and then she showed me. after which, she began to shake it violently in between her cupped hands while saying, "look i'm shaking it up!"
miss heidi said, "you're going to give him a headache!"
and i replied, "whoa, be careful! you're going to make him sick and then you'll have roly poly throw up all over your hands!"
that thought made her face cringe, and she quickly stopped that "fun" activity. it was a classic look, oh how i wish i had my camera at that moment trained on her face!
on our way home, ever so cautiously, she carried it in her cupped hands making sure not to squish it. once at home, she caringly got a jar, put some dirt and grass and leaves in it to make it comfortable for her new roly poly "pet".
well, tonight after dinner i mentioned that we would need to let him go tomorrow because we didn't have the right kind of food to feed him and he could die if she kept inside the jar. this did not make her happy! she said, "but i want him for my pet!"
to which i said, "i know you do, but if we keep him he could die."
and it was in this moment, aside from the violent shaking earlier in the day, that i knew she was not yet ready for a pet when she said, "i want him for my pet! i don't care if he dies! "
it's a good thing we started out small!