This one got me, as it is so true. When we have had kittens, he can't really handle them or he sneezes and has allergic reactions for hours afterwards, same goes for the new bunnies. Most dogs have been okay unless they have longer fur. Poor guy, he played on mom's sentiments and it worked to his advantage. So, his money in hand we made a trip to the pet store. It was an amazing sight to behold as his eyes lit up and he talked a mile a minute to the clerk about all his new found Gecko knowledge.
You see, in an effort to convince us of his responsibility and desire for one of these creatures, he had been doing some pretty intense research. I even postponed our standard Science for a few days when I saw just how far he was digging in to information. He learned where the leopard Gecko originated, what it's habitat was like, became interested in the concept of cold blooded creatures, learned about reproduction of Geckos (they only have 2 eggs at a time that seem to be about the size of Robin's eggs). He learned about the different colored markings, learned about shedding, nutrition, the list goes on, and on. I almost felt sorry for the poor store clerk who had to listen to this 10 year old spout and encyclopedia page's worth of information about this beloved pet that he didn't even own yet.
His eyes wide he picked out the perfect creature, named him Eco (pronounced eeekO) and we went on home. He has since woken every day with a new fervor for his schoolwork and chores as he knows that to have free time to play with his new pet, he has to complete these tasks first. He built a habitat that he toiled over for hours, he rearranges the items and hand feeds meal worms. I almost dare say he might be one of the best Gecko handlers around. Funny thing is, I am not a grand fan of reptiles or amphibians, but this little guy is pretty cute. He has sticky feet and my son loves to walk around with his Gecko standing tall on his shoulder. I have learned more about these creatures than I ever cared to know, but this little guy is so pleased, how could I not share in some of his joy?