Remember the baby snakes?
Yeah well, we don't have them any longer..
One sadly died from a blockage. One got lost in the house and I found it in the yard two weeks later (how bizarre?)
The other was really bitey.
Then a co worker of Addy's, offered up an adult corn. She is gentle and big.
Her name is Checkers.
The other two lost interest in the snakes for whatever reason, but Ev loves his girl.
So we rehomed the two baby snakes with two ladies who adore them.
Happiness all around.
And now we just have Checkers.
You never know how interests will grow. Sometimes they blossom in to a huge passion, and other times they turn out to be not what you expected, and you move onto a new experience. It is easy to say yes to a child and let them take what they need from a situation they wish to participate in, if you know that in the end, you can make it work out for everyone.
It can be done with nearly everything.
Even live things. Responsibility for the animal is making sure the animal is cared for, not in keeping it to make your child responsible. If the child is no longer wanting to care for the creature then ensuring the animal goes to a home where it is truly loved is true compassion.
Letting the animal go to a better situation is a wonderful lesson.
When you realize that you can say yes to many many situations, it is so liberating for both you and your child.
Maybe even to a few snakes.