KIDS AND ANIMALS We sat at dinner the other day at my parents house and laughed at old anecdotes from my childhood. I loved animals and would go to great lengths to rescue animals in need. I have brought many small creatures home - much to the dismay (or amusement) of my parents: a hedgehog, one tiny kitten left by the mother, a pigeon with a broken wing, a duck - also with a broken wing, a rabbit - thay I kept 10 years - the list goes on...
Upon my return - the chick had gone. I looked everywhere, and eventually went into the lounge where my Dad sat with the chick in his hand. His face said it all:) I immediately tried to make him understand, that without me the chick would already be dead. I think he understood where I was coming from, but we couldnâ€™t keep the chick as we lived in an apartment at the time.We got to keep the little fellow for the weekend, and it was then given to a classmate of mine who had a chickencoop. So this little chap got away from the snakes and had a long life of freedom.
One of my favourite stories however, was about the small yellow chick: We had a pet store in the Mall, and this pet store specialized in snakes, spiders, scorpions - and they fed them with small fluffy animals that I love(d). I was intrigued by the predatory animals, and kept coming back to look at them, but when I saw the staff feed a real living yellow chick to a snake one day, I had to do something about it!
I am still a great lover of animals and I love that my children are fond of animals too. I believe is good for them - to care for something. We have guinea pigs in our family, and I adore them; they are fabulous - they squeak, and have funny little personalities of their own.
So I bought one of the chicks. Just to save at least one. The chick cost the equivalent of 2$ and I brought it home and put it on the floor in my room. I loved that fluffy little chick and went to get it some food.
I am not biased to the idea of living on a small farm, looking after animals. Maybe - one fine day that is what I will be doing !