“Dad, can I have a bird?”
A simple question from J. I however went ultra parent and explained in exhaustive detail the many reasons having a bird was “NOT” going to happen.
A few weeks after this mostly one sided conversation I found out that J had saved what money she had and had been asking for jobs around the house and with her Papa to make up the what she was lacking in the cost of a bird and cage.
She let me know that she did some research on line to find out how much it would cost for a bird and even called the pet store. She almost had enough money to buy the bird, “…all by herself.”
I was extremely proud of her but I just could not deal with a bird in the house. Saying no was extremely difficult.
Days later I came home to one extremely happy 7 year old. Not only had she purchased a bird and a cage but she had saved enough money for two birds. “Dad they even talk and make bird sounds.” She explained. “They will repeat everything I say! Watch this!”
She said that she came up with the idea to get these toy birds because they wouldn’t make a mess and wouldn’t need anyone to take care if them when we go on our trips. “You always talk about not giving up on our goals and I had a goal to have a bird and now I have two.”
Well played J, well played.