922. Pests for pets


Being the solo mother of three boys kept Robin busy. Two of the boys were at school, but young Calvin was only four. Thank goodness! the house might be old, but it was paid for. The house had a number of antiquated features, such as a meat safe which these days with refrigerators was not needed. And it had an old deep bath tub that never got used because there was a shower.

Young Calvin was an enthusiast. He loved everything, especially spiders and bugs. Only this morning he was running around in the kitchen with a jar and lid trying to catch fruit flies that seemed to swarm where there was food. He caught a few fruit flies in an hour.

“Pets!” said Calvin. “I’m getting them for pets.”

Robin wasn’t an overly fussy mother but she liked to correct English when it mattered.

“You’re not collecting them FOR pets, dear,” said Robin. “You’re collecting them AS pets.”

Little did Robin realize; the fruit flies were FOR pets. Calvin was keeping and feeding his collection of daddy-long-legs in the bath.

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33 thoughts on “922. Pests for pets

    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      I nearly rewrote the entire story early this morning leaving out the propositions – as I was most unhappy with them! But I had already recorded the audio and didn’t want to wake people asleep by recording a new version in early dawn! So I left everything as it was…

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      1. Susanne

        Frig. Of course you understand I didn’t mean propositions. In the words of Trudeau-the-first “fuddle duddle”. Thank goodness you didn’t rewrite the story. For it is the lynchpin.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Talking of pets – the wretch landlord sent in a huge tractor with rotaries and mowed all the grass down yesterday (so it looks nice) and now the goat and cow have nothing to eat. Then she charged us $180 for the man to come and mow it. Hopefully we’ll get some rain and some grass will grow before winter – over here they stay outside all year, but even though there’s no snow, nothing much grows in winter. I too can take some comfort in the cat!

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        1. Cynthia Jobin

          I haven’t driven my car since Chloë died and this morning I went out to run the engine a bit so the battery won’t die, and I almost forgot to open the garage door to let the carbon monoxide out…so I caution you to remember which lemons have the arsenic and not use them yourself!

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          1. Bruce Goodman Post author

            There’s currently a court case in NZ of a woman who tried to commit suicide with arsenic and accidentally killed a kid instead with the laced food. A bitter lemon!



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