A friend is pet-sitting a small zoo this week. In her care are two dogs, two cats, three snakes, and a tankful of fish. Simone and I went over to take a look at the snakes tonight. She was quite surprised to find that the house where the animal menagerie is located also has a pool. My friend instantly rose to rock star status in Simone's mind, because she was allowed to pet all the animals AND swim in the pool. One snake hung out on the fence while she swam, and one dog even swam with her.
After swimming for a while, I announced that it was almost time to go home. My pumpkinhead ignored me and asked her new BFF for a tour of the house! She even offered to help gather up the animals to bring them inside. So of course, we went into the home of people we don't even know. The house and its grounds are beautiful, and I was quite impressed with the landscaping and decor. If I lived there, I would not want to leave my house for anything.
Apparently, Simone felt the same way.
On the way home, she told me "Mommy, I want us to have a house like that." I immediately knew that I must have been a little too impressed in front of her and now she was comparing our lives to others'. YIKES! I was trying to think of something wise to say, when she continued, "Yes, I want our house to have two cats and two dogs and a SNAKE!"
Whew! She's only jealous of their animals (and maybe the pool a little - but that's OK. I am too!).