“Hey, do you like pets?,” my flatmate asks me as she runs into my room, jumping up and down with the biggest smile on her face.
“Yeah, sure I do. Why do you ask?,” I say.
“Well, we are planning on getting one for the house!!,” she replies, still jumping up and down.
“Cool,” I say, intrigued to figure out what she had in mind.
Her smile and grin gave me the idea that it wasn’t going to be a ‘normal’ pet.
“What, a dog? A cat? A mouse? What do you want to get?” I ask with a straight face, knowing that it’s definitely none of these.
“Noooo. Everyone has one of those, I was thinking about getting a turtle,” she says.
I think, ok, not a monkey or a rabbit, a turtle – I can live with a turtle.
“Do you like turtles?”
“Not particularly,” I say meekly. (It’s a reptile!!!)
“But they are adorable! Small, slow, easy to maintain.”
To which I say: “Fine, get one — it’ll have to live in a bucket of water though in one of our balconies, right?”
“Well, we are thinking of getting an earth turtle that doesn’t need water, and we don’t want it caged — it will be allowed to walk freely in the house, and it’s home will be your balcony.”
“First of all who is “we”, and what do you mean it can walk freely in the house!?”
“Everyone is fine with it, I just need you to be ok with it. Of course it will walk freely, why would we want a pet if we wanted to keep it in a cage? Do you have a problem with that?”
Umm… YES. I DON’T WANT A REPTILE WALKING AROUND THE HOUSE. WHY WOULD YOU WANT A REPTILE WALKING AROUND THE HOUSE!? HOW IS THAT HEART-WARMING IN ANYWAY? HOW DOES THAT MAKE OUR HOME A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE IN?
That’s what I was thinking, but all I could muster was: “I’m scared of turtles. One walking around the house freely would freak me out.”
So I was a party pooper, and because of me, no free-walking reptile in the house.
WHY WOULD YOU WANT A FREE-WALKING REPTILE IN THE HOUSE!?