Mama Diaries

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Rat in the Tank

My eight-year-old son came running into the house.  "Mama, there's a rat in the tank!"

"What?" I asked.  "Where?  What tank?"

"The one outside, where the frog and tadpoles used to live."

Oh.  That one.  For a minute I was worried it was our fish tank or our African Clawed Frog's tank.  "Is it alive or dead?" I asked.

"Dead."

"So what are you going to do with it?"

My son shrugged his shoulders.  "Nothing."

"Okay."  I picked up a load of laundry and took it upstairs.

Bubba followed me.  "But, Mama, aren't you going to do anything about it?"

I shook my head.  "Not my department."

(So, ladies and gentlemen, how long do you think the dead rat will remain floating in that tank?)

25 comments:

  1. Isn't it great how kids want their moms to fix everything? :)

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  2. As long as you don't have to look at it or smell it, I think it can stay until it's a rat skeleton.

    Love,
    Janie

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  3. Until it starts stinking so bad that someone would have to remove and clean the tank!

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    1. I'll call my husband out if it gets that bad!

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  4. Ack! LOL! I wouldn't touch it either. If that husband can carry you up the stairs, surely he can carry away a dead rat. :)

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    1. Yeah, like I said, rats are not my department!

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  6. I'm for not touching it. Who knows if it was sick before it died in the tank. Hopefully Schultz won't find it.

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    1. It's pretty far back in the woods, behind our fence, so I don't think Schultz will be going back there.

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  7. I think it's become a science and social studies experiment for your son. He'll keep it there until there's nothing but bones. What kid wouldn't be thrilled by that. Or he'll see if a battle of duties develop between you and your husband. Just my take on it all.

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    1. My son definitely likes experiments. This sounds like a two for one!

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  8. I'm always having to pick up the dead mice the cats bring home, but a rat in a pool of water? No.

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  9. Ooohhh...so sorry about that. I would ask to borrow a neighbor's cat.

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    1. I have a cat, but I don't think he'd be interested in a drowned rat!

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  10. You won't believe it, but there's a dead rat in the garage that my hubby needs to get rid of... he's not-your-average... he's quite big!
    You should see him... seems like the rodents of today are on steroids...

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    1. Ewwww! I'm sure your hubby is going to have a great time with that thing!

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  11. Sherry, it won't get taken care of unless you do the dirty deed!
    I enjoyed reading all your posts this week! :-)

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