Optimism

Barn burnt down.
Now I can see the moon.

— Japanese poet Masahide, 1657-1723

In an unrelated note, I need your vote, O readers.

Which of the following should Guion and I adopt?

One of these…

or one of these?

Or none of the above? Please leave your rationale in the comments. And no, babies are NOT one of the options.

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10 thoughts on “Optimism

  1. the bird for the following reasons:

    1. furry
    2. not as slimy (though still a little bit slimy)
    3. it sings!
    4. more personality than a fish
    5. it’ll be more substantial as a last resort meal
    6. it’ll still be alive in case you need a last resort meal in 2012

    BUT. I think you should get a bunny instead. They use litterboxes for goddsake. And they’re the most adorable animals ever.

    x A

  2. The fish has some advantages. Don’t have to provide so much care. Don’t have to worry about Bird Flu. Research shows that having a fish tank reduces stress and lowers your blood pressure. But the primary reason: no poop to clean up.

  3. We’ve had birds. All kinds. Finches, parakeets, a parrot and a cockatoo. When I said yes to the parrot and the cockatoo, I think my brain had gone on vacation. I paid for it for two years as those birds screamed, made horrible messes, and chewed the molding around the window when they were let out of their cages. It was a happy day when we found new homes for Max and Angel (ha, never a more misnamed animal as that!) No bird will ever live in a cage in the Pinckney household again. This is much more appealing (http://e1.interweave.com/dm?id=04E72185E86E55EAA43B486DDD70B49900A59F4D938D098E) and one of my life goals ; )

    BUT, I think fish are rather, well, boring.

    So, if you’re not going to have a baby, well then go for the bunny or better yet, a cat.

  4. I love that bird. It’s a cutie. Also, I think Angela’s reasons are convincing enough.

    But an armadillo would make such a hipster pet.

  5. Hmmm. My first instinct was to say bird (fish are boring, duh. Unless you get a phirana or something cool. An eel, mayhaps?), but the poop comments and the bird screaming comments do bring things into perspective. Maybe you could seek out a cute, more silent bird, like a finch. Or a bunny. They are cute, cuddly, and eat lettuce.

  6. You are a nurturing soul, sweet girl. Of the two, you would probably be more content with the bird. Something to think about in the long, long term – a Labrador Retriever. Such sweet, gentle, loving giants!

  7. definately a Labrador Retriever. But if not that, then the fish. Birds are annoying and smelling/cleaning poop is just wrong….you’ll do enough of that when it’s time for baby 🙂 trust me 🙂

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