What I Did For Love

I usually don’t cross-post from my social media account, but this memory is tickling me something hard today.

March 8, 2020

Child #3 calls from a bike ride with her friends, out of breath and sounding on the verge of tears.

“Mom? Mom?!”
“Yes, are you okay? What happened?”
“Oh, yes, I’m great. Can I buy a mouse?”
“A mouse?”
“Yeah, it’s like two dollars. I can afford everything I need for it.”
“I don’t think we can buy a mouse right now.”
(Verge of tears again) “Mom, please? Or maybe I can buy a fish?”
“No permanent animals can come home with you today.”
“So can we start fostering kittens?”
“I’m not prepared for this conversation.”

Post-script, circa two years later:

Shot on Pixel 6 Pro.

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