Tuesday, September 17, 2013

I used to be tougher...

...when my kids were small and they offered a sincere, big-eyed plea for a
 
puppy
kitten
bunny
fish
turtle
ferret
pot bellied pig
chinchilla
 
etc.
 
I was usually able to say no.
 
Even when they promised to



feed
walk
water
clean up after
love
cherish
and die if they couldn't have it
 
etc.
 
I was still usually able to say no.
 
At least for awhile.
 
And then, eventually, they would catch me at an off moment...
 
You know...
 
...like when I was trying to clean my house for company, bake a five course meal, unplug the toilet AND get clothes off the clothesline before it rained.
 
And then they'd pounce.
 
And I'd end up saying, "Mmmm...sure...yeah...ummm....that'll be fine."
 
And they would end up with one or more of the aforementioned animals.
 
Sigh.
 
It took a much shorter time for my big-eyed Grandlittle to convince me.
 
"Grandma, can you take care of my pet store?"
 
Pet.  STORE?  
 
"Ummm...huh?"  I replied.
 
"You know?  My pet store app.   All you have to do is feed the pets and then you will get points for me and I will be able to buy more pets."
 
 
"Ummmm...huh?" I asked again.
 
"Here!  It's easy!  I'll show you!"
 
So she did.
 
There was no poo or pee or walking or whimpering involved.
 
So I did it.
 
Yeah.
 
I am a wonderful Grandma.
 
This was about a week ago.
 
The point that my Grandlittle neglected to inform me of is that
 
YOU GET STINKIN' ADDICTED TO FEEDING THESE VIRTUAL PETS.
 
And then you get sucked into other peoples VIRTUAL PET SHOPS!
 
And then you start sneaking your phone in the bathroom because your husband rolls his eyes at you.
 
And he totally doesn't understand that if I can only get another 5,000 points I can get a spooky Halloween tree to decorate my Pet Shop.
 
Oh yeah.
 
This is MY Pet Shop now.
 
I told the Grandlittle to go get her own.
 
Seriously.
 
I'm a little bit worried about what might happen if I break my thumbs, though.
 
I'm wondering if I can get someone to promise to:
 
feed
love
cherish
visit my friends shop
take all my requests for help
and keep everything up and running perfectly.
 
After all!
 
 I might die if I couldn't do it!
 
Virtual pets!
 
Who knew there was so much pressure!
 
Double, triple and quadruple
 
Sigh...
post signature 

34 comments:

Theresa said...

I will do ANYTHING for my Grandkiddos:) AND I mean anything! I haven't gotten sucked into the games yet LIKE SO MANY of my friends! Just gonna try to steer clear of ALL of those fun pet shops! Have a fun day! HUGS!

Carol Doggett said...

Ha! I can totally see you sneaking away to the bathroom!!! Good luck!!

Gail said...

And I'm still falling in love with the canine pictured!!

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

This is too funny. :-)
Thx for the giggles

Pondside said...

Oh yes, I get it, Jenny, and I'll take care of your Pet Shop for you if you break or sprain your thumbs.

JJ said...

That is your role, Grand-person. Enjoy!

Janie Junebug said...

Protect your thumbs at all costs!

Love,
Janie

Ms. A said...

Won't do it, not even for my grandkids.

Jo said...

hilarious Jenny!!! Just make sure that your little puppy home is never quite as good as the grandlittles ... te he he

Karen S. said...

thanks for the laughter throughout this, a charming post!

ImagiMeri said...

Now I know why you don't return phone calls..........hee hee! When are we gonna' get together?

Love ya'
Meri

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

No, I stay away from those things!!!! I had three farms, a fish tank, a pirate cat and a mafia mob going at one time. Quit. Cold Turkey.

JeanHasBeenShopping said...

LOL! That is so cute! The kiddos do love the pet apps. And the adults love them too, for sure!

writingmuscle said...

Jenny, anything electronic these days tends to hook. Unless you can resist. Ahhh! But you never could resist the odd puppy and kitten, could you!! Good. Liz

Wandering Wren said...
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Wandering Wren said...

Hilarious - we already have one dog, "Pleeeeeese can we get him a friend?' they are imploring this week - so now I have my answer...
Perfect they can get him a virtual friend!!! Thank you for sharing. What a gem in more ways than one!
Wrenx

Busy Bee Suz said...

Oh, you are so funny! I too would have issues with NOT feeding, loving, tending to them. SO. i won't start. NOPE. I won't!!!
Good luck!
xo

pasqueflower said...

Thanks for the chuckles!

"Alone again.... naturally!" said...

Oh Jenny, do we need to send you to a Virtual Pet app rehab?
I know, anything to help the grandlittles! Cathy

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This sounds totally addicting. I would what the special things for my pets too.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Uh Oh ! :)

Rita said...

LOL! I got roped into a virtual farm a couple years ago and had horses, cows, pigs, and chickens to take care of and crops to harvest--forever! I finally had to move away--LOL! good luck! :)

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

hahaha!!!! ok...so we have lived through the pleas for a puppy and given in and gotten puppies...but we have yet to get pulled into the virtual pet world!

(but I can relate with my hubby rolling his eyes at me...as I play one more round of Ruzzle on my cell phone!)

Blessings & Aloha!!!

Sue said...

It's Pet Shop Anonymous for you, my friend. And will you take my daughter with you? I'm afraid she has succumbed as well.

;)

Splendid Little Stars said...

ha ha! hilarious!

Pat Tillett said...

virtual pets! I like it. Wait, the virtual cats don't yak up hair balls do they?

Great and funny post Jenny!

Amy said...

Ooooh, this is so genius! Instead of getting my kids a real live pet that they so desperately want, I can get them a whole pet store! And then not have to clean up or feed, or anything to worry about. You are so smart!

Self Sagacity said...

I guess I will have to wait and see what happens when I have my own. smiles.

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