A few weeks ago my oldest son turned 6. I don't know what it was about that number, but I was a wreck. I feel like 6 is so much older than 5. And with him being my second last baby, the reality that I only have one little one left is breaking my heart. I went into a bit of a depression for a few days following his birthday and it wasn't the easiest time for me. But being summer break, I knew I had to keep it together for the kids.
One of the days when I didn't want to get out of bed (but did anyway), I took the kids to the local pet store. That was basically the beginning of the end of this story. As we were walking through, we saw the biggest guinea pigs I'd ever seen (the size of a small puppy) and I HAD to have one. With all of my kids going to school in September, I needed something to fill the void. We came home and asked my husband if we could get one but he told us "no". Now, one thing you need to know is, my husband rarely, and I do mean RARELY, says "no" to me so that sunk me into an even bigger funk.
However, I'm not a quitter so we went back to the pet store daily to visit. The kids asked my husband every day if he'd change his mind. I did research on guinea pigs every night. I learned that they do better in pairs but the store that we were at only had 1 female (which is what sex I wanted).
A few days later as we were running some errands, we went to a different pet store and they had a bunch of female guinea pigs. There was a family there buying two and we were able to see and pet them. The kids were so excited they told the store employee that we were buying some too. I had to put the breaks on that because my husband had not agreed - yet. I took a picture and sent it to him asking if we could get one. He responded almost immediately with a "sure" and I think we all started squealing at the same time. This was definitely not the answer I was expecting. Then I told him they do better in pairs and he said as long as they don't have babies to go ahead.
I honestly was not expecting to go out grocery shopping and come home with 2 guinea pigs (who ended up coming shopping with us because we hadn't been yet and it was too hot to leave them in the car). As we were shopping, we were trying to think of names and we very quickly came up with Snickers and Reese (two of our favorite chocolates) because of their coloring.
Snickers and Reese have been with us for just over a week now and we are all so in love. They are just what I needed. Now if the kids would stop trying to steal them from me while I'm snuggling them, that would be even better.
But how can I say "no" to this face?
The point of this story is, money can't buy happiness, but it can buy guinea pigs which is basically the same thing.