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Snail fail

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on Wednesday, 09 July 2014
Small bounded out of Bug Club (an after-school club, I kid you not) on Friday clutching a snail and a leaf in a plastic container.

‘A pet at last!’ he couldn’t wait to exclaim.  ‘I’m going to train and coach it and it’s going to become the fastest snail in the world!’

While my head was busy blaming the World Cup competitively, a pang of guilt shot through my stomach.  You see, Small has been pleading for a pet for months.  But I have zero inclination to add more creatures to our home and seeing as it would most definitely fall in my remit, the decision is final.

However, the snail came home for the weekend. Small spent hours bent over this coiled shell.  He even read a bug book in an attempt to try to work out just how rare it could be.  Until Sunday morning… He and I were making our best attempt at a lie-in when we were informed (rather hysterically) that the snail was DEAD.  Or at least ‘faking his death’.  Small immediately turned to Google:  what to do if snail will not come out of shell he punched into his equivalent of NHS Direct.

Later that afternoon he was already hunting for a replacement snail in our garden.  The boys in his bug team (who were due to take the snail home next) would never know the difference… apparently.

At Life of Yablon HQ, I’ve used the whole episode to illustrate my very valid point.  If we failed at a snail, it doesn’t bode well for a dog, cat, parrot, guinea pig, tortoise and all the other animals on Small’s wish list.

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