*Some rodents can transmit Hantavirus, which can be deadly.
So, I told you yesterday about my daughter rescuing some abandoned 2 day old baby mice. And I got a few comments on the Facebook link to the post saying stuff like, "You are a nicer mom than I am," or something similar.
I rarely pet animals voluntarily because I know I'll have to wash my hands afterwards. It creeps me out when I see people kiss their dogs. And when I go to the vet to pick up the dog from getting shots, and they say, "Are you here to get your baby?", I say, "No. It's a dog. I'm here to get my dog. I have had 8 real babies, and they aren't the same as dogs."
Okay, I don't really say that, but I think it in my head.
Now, I know I just alienated about half of my audience, but don't get all up in my grill, okay? Because hopefully I'm about to redeem myself.
Here's the other thing. I want to say yes to my kids loving animals.
Even squirmy, naked rodents that make me shudder.
Believe me, I know they are gross. When I first saw them, I shrieked the kind of ear piercing scream that makes all the pigeons in Times Square take flight simultaneously. And I hopped from one foot to the other repeatedly. And shielded my eyes. And fanned my face. And then managed to get out in a whispered scream, "Get. Them. OUT!"
But I said "yes".
Yes, my girl can set her alarm to feed them during the night.
Yes, she can read more about baby mice.
Yes, she can watch some more Youtube videos on feeding orphaned mice.
Yes, I will help her write an ebook on caring for orphaned mice. (Anyone wanna buy an ebook???)
You don't have to love an idea to allow your children to try it.
Let them climb trees, ride wild donkeys, use power tools, and bottle feed abandoned baby mice.When they tell you their favorite place to practice quiet contemplation is on the roof, take a deep breath and be okay with it.
They'll never forget the times Mama said "yes".