The wonderful Dena over at Thoughts by Dena tagged me to post 10 things that I would never do again. I can honestly say, there is one that qualifies for all ten things.
While my kids were growing up in Miami, they attended a very small private school. The science lab had all sorts of different animals and during vacation periods, parents would take the animals home and care for them. The science teacher asked one day, "Any child that knows their parents would care for an animal over Christmas vacation, raise your hand." My son piped up excitedly, "My mom will...she loves animals!" Of course, there was a sign up sheet for which animal but when my son came home and excitedly told me he volunteered us to take care of an animal, he neglected to mention that one tiny fact!
On the last day of school before vacation, I went to the lab to pick up "our" animal. Upon entering, the room was empty except for two cages. The teacher approached and said how happy she was that we would be taking care of an animal. I was eying the cage with the tiny white mice thinking this was going to be a piece of cake. Mice are easy, right? The teacher reached into the cage next to the mice and pulled out a huge boa!
I almost fainted right then and there! This is a photo she took while "training" me how and what to do for this "animal" that obviously no one else signed up for. It didn't help that I was 7 months pregnant either! Not only did I get the snake to care for, but that little cage of white mice? Yep, that came with me, too..for food!!
There was a happy ending to the story if you want to call taking care of a boa happy. The snake decided this was prime time to molt so was very quiet, did not want out of the cage and the best part...did not want to eat so I didn't have to sacrifice any mice. At least it wasn't the tarantula!!
The moral of the story...make sure you get all the details...and tell your kids to keep their hands down!!