Tuesday, December 25, 2007

But I didn't want...

a pair of guinea pigs.

My mother-in-law gave me two little girl guineas for Christmas. Without asking first to see if I wanted them. And it's past the time limit during which they could be returned to the store.

I love guineas, don't get me wrong. I had my little Colin for years and loved him dearly. And these two little girls (Artemis and Athena, at least for now) are very sweet and pretty and make cute little tribble-purr noises.

But I didn't want guineas right now. They're messy and they take a lot of time and they're expensive to take care of properly. I don't have time. I don't have money.

I can't even bring myself to look at them. My kitchen table is now a place of dread. And I'm going to wake up in the morning, and they'll still be there, and we'll have to try to figure out what to do with them.

Who the bloody hell gives someone a pet without ASKING first?


Beth said...

Ahhh, in-laws. At least she (1) meant kindly and (2) didn't give you a boy and a girl!

Hope you figure out a good answer for what to do with them - I'd be stumped too!

Merry Christmas to you and Tirithien, btw! :)

martie said...

I'm sure she meant well.....good luck finding new homes for the 'girls'. I bet you'll be successful! Hope the rest of your Christmas was Merry and you and Tirithien have a blessed New Year!

Anonymous Assclown said...

You're looking at this glass as half-empty. The thing you have to do now is go out and buy a snake. Next time you mother-in-law comes over, tell her how much you appreciate her gift and offer to show her that you're putting them to good use. Drop guinea pig into snake aquarium and let nature take it's course.
I guarantee you that MIL will put a lot more thought into your gift next year.
You're welcome

Bainwen Gilrana said...

Heh. The guineas and their gear actually could go back to the store, so they've been safely returned. No need to sacrifice them to make a point.