Our family doesn’t do pets. We have had a total of 2 cats in our 16 year marriage, only one of which the kids knew and loved. That cat disappeared about 6 months ago which caused complete and utter despair and sadness the likes of which I never want to see again.
We especially don’t do dogs. Don’t even get me started on all the reasons why I would never get a dog even if you paid me a million dollars. I’m not kidding. I’m glad you other people have dogs and love them and even treat them like family members- that’s great for you! It’s not going to happen in our house.
But apparently, we DO hermit crabs. This happened so suddenly that poor Cody left a crab-free home for a day trip to Austin this morning and will be returning tonight to the surprise of 3 lovely hermit crabs named Herman, Bubbles, and Halle. Not only do we have 3 crabs, but we have the most decked out “crabitat” imaginable thanks to the helpful guy at Petsmart and a hefty sum of cash.
This is what happens when you let your kids spend the night at the grandparents.
Hahahahahaha- just kidding. My mother-in-law reads this blog! But really, that’s what happens. They took the kids to the mall to do all kinds of fun things like bungee jumping and rolling across water in a giant plastic ball filled with air. And there happened to be hermit crabs for sale at a kiosk and my boys happened to be completely fascinated by them. So my mother-in-law called to see if there was any possibility they could actually have hermit crabs and I made an impulse decision to say “yes.”
And I am really glad I did!
I mean, it’s only been a few hours, so it might be slightly premature to announce hermit crabs as the best pets ever…but they are so much fun to watch! They seem to have their own little personalities. And the kids are going to have to be responsible for them which is a pretty nice skill to develop. All in all, these little guys (gals??) might be the perfect pet for us.
We couldn’t let the little fellas live in the boring box above, could we?
I love the little “Crab Inn” sign Ava picked out. I must admit it adds a homey touch.
I could have said “no” when my mother-in-law called. It wouldn’t have hurt her feelings. I’m so anti-pet that I turn down any requests for living creatures swiftly and deftly all the time. I’m a pro at pet denial. I’m not sure what prompted me to say “yes” this time. There could be aspects of hermit crab care that I don’t understand yet that will cloud my cheery disposition at some point, but so far it’s a wonderful experience.