February 3, 2006

RIP Itchy.

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Posted 16 years ago
by Téa Smith

This is “Itchy”.

He has been living in our bathroom for the last week. Mina named him and would talk to him, so we didnt have the heart to remove him.

That is, until last night, when Itchy decided he would sit on the shower screen right near the sink, and Mina was too scared to brush her teeth. She asked me to get rid of him.

So, rather than kill him, I thought I would slightly close the shower door so that he was on the other side but out of view. Unfortunately, I don’t know my own strength and Itchy accidentally got squished.

I left the bathroom, Mina was happy enough and brushing her teeth, and all of a sudden, she is crying. She comes running up the hallway, looks me straight in the eye and said “he was my BEST FRIEND!”.

I replied “But Mina, you asked me to get rid of him”

She said, her big brown eyes all red and welled up with tears, “He was my best friend and now he’s DEAD!”

At which point, she turned around, ran up the hallway and slammed her door, crying.

Both of us sat there, competely bewildered by what had just happened, and I felt like the world’s WORST mother. I went in to see her, explained to her that it would “be alright”.

Mina didn’t miss a beat. She then looked at me with my obvious heartbroken guilt and said “Mum, Can I have a pet? I’d like a cat.”

I stammered for a bit and we finally haggled until it was agreed that we’d buy her a goldfish. Talk about capitalising!!

Jason then asked her if she had brushed her teeth after all that, and she said “I brushed my teeth and cried my eyes out at the same time”.

My heart was broken, and now we have to get a goldfish or my life depends on it. I can’t help but think we have either hit a major milestone in Mina’s emotional (and manipulative) development, or I have never given that kid enough credit. 🙂

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