It was when I Googled, “How to keep a budgie quiet” that I realised I may have been a tad ambitious in my plan for Christmas gifts for my kids.
I want my children to have pets because I am desperate to cut down on their iPod time. I also want to teach them a bit of responsibility.
“How about a bird,” I asked my daughter when she told me she wanted an iPad for Christmas. Her little eyes lit up, then I heard the sound of her little feet running off and the sound of her saying, “Daddy, Santa is getting me a budgie for Christmas.”
One iPad down, two to go.
Seeing as I had committed to a budgie for my daughter I thought I might work the same magic on my son and suggest fish. He’s always been fascinated with the fish tank at his uncle’s house.
“What about some fish,” I said to him. He actually jumped up and down and said, “Like maybe a black one and an orange one and the one that’s yellow and eats out of my hand?”
I didn’t win with my oldest child. We settled on a laptop which I figure he could use for school and play.
It wasn’t until my daughter wrote her letter to Santa that I realised what a logistical nightmare giving children pets for Christmas really is.
I rang the pet shop and they have promised to save a blue budgie for me. I’m not sure why my daughter has specifically requested a blue one but it’s seems to be a common colour for budgies so not too bad. They also have a black, orange and yellow fish available for me and a tank big enough to be interesting but small enough for me to carry around from location to location, filter cable dragging behind me.
Where do I hide a fish and a budgie? I can’t wrap them up and put them in the high cupboard until Christmas like the rest of the presents. I need to buy them as close to Christmas as possible, like at night on Christmas Eve. Then I just need to smuggle them into our garage when I get home and keep them happy and alive for one night.