Aug 11, 2008

When Children say NO.

It might be a good idea to investigate things before you kill them.

Remember this kid who went to Boy Scout Camp last month?

Well.. when he came home he had made up his mind that he was now a "man". He was going to work without complaining, deal with sweat, and pitch in with the big boys.

Yesterday was his morning to feed the animals.
He went out.. and came back inside in less than 2 minutes.

"Mom", he said very matter-of-factly,
"I am NOT going to feed the animals today."
"Oh Really", I replied, "Yes you are."
"No Mom, I am NOT going to feed the animals."
"And why, may I ask, not?"
"If you want em fed.... You do it!"
I was beginning to get annoyed.
"If you want the animals fed, YOU have to do it.. and I'll come with you."
I realized something was up.
Out we went to feed the animals.
He fed the chickens, ducks, and turkeys...
No problem.
He fed the rabbits....

Then moved on to feed the donkeys and cows.
That's when he stopped....
"You feed them Mom", He said as he stepped back from the feed barrel.

I looked inside...

I don't know what his problem was....
I think he looks kinda cuddly & friendly..
Don't you?
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Anonymous said...

No, I do not think he is at all cute. And I don't blame the boy. I wouldn't feed them either. What did you do? Margie

Dana said...

me either to be truthful. I hate possums!! nasty, dirty, beady eyes, chicken-killing varmints!! he is now in possum heaven :)

Misty said...

*Ahem* Suuure.

Those pointed little razor dagger teeth sure do say 'friendly.'

Andrea said...

What I cannot believe is how on Earth did you manage to go get your camera and all, cause I'd be running away and screaming at the top of my lungs, arms waving, eyes wide open in sheer terror.
Not that I've ever done it.
Nosir. I'm as brave as they came.
Excuse me now, I have to go hide in a corner.

caednkat said...

Oh, a opossum!
My daughter claims she wants an opossum for a house pet when she grows up. lol
My mother actually found her a stuffed toy opossum at a Cracker Barrel.
My Kathryn named her Paula... Paula the Opossum.

Cailin Yates 16785083 Arbonne International said...

ugh... it isn't the opossum so much as just the fact that it was in the feed... it is like the summer we kept finding mice in the dog food... they'd fall in, or climb in, and not be able to get out. ewww...

twinmama said...

He looks like he is giving you a big sweet smile before he bites a finger. Yikes!

Anonymous said...

A friend has mama & babies that come to her back door and feed on bird/squirrel feed she sets out. She says they have really soft fur. I won't say what the "boys from high school" when I lived in the country used to do to them. I once had one enter my home unbeknownst to me and kept wondering why (after I'd gone to bed) the cats were making so much noise eating their food - it wasn't the cats but a big possum that took 1/2 hour to chase out of the house with a broom! Dang varmints!

Kate said...

Ha- too funny! Found you on Mom Bloggers! I too feel like I'm living the Homesteading life now that I've moved to my home state of North Dakota - nothing but prairies and cows. Like your site!

dykewife said...

i think your son made the right choice. :) thank goodness possums aren't native to the prairies of canada. i'd have to move.

Bong (JB) said...


That's a possum playing possum. It's their natural reaction when they feel threatened, play dead.

Designing Hilary said...

Kids are so wise!!

Jenn said...

Looks like he may have gotten his fill of feed then couldn't figure out how the heck to get back out! They are ugly but pretty much harmless, as long as you don't piss 'em off.

Toni said...

Yuck. Yep, I would have been right there with your son!!!

Dana said...

Thanks for the comments y'all! I dance a little jig when I get comments!
makes me feel loved. ;)

Elle said...

All I can say is Yikes!

Karen Zemek, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

What big teeth it has! Your boy was wise to let it be I think. I wouldn't call that possum friendly!

countrygirl3031 said...

OMG...those teeth..I would have been high tailin it outta there!!! Your son is a, ya gotta love 'em!


Petula Wright said...

Oh yuck, yuck, yuck. See here I am, minding my own business, popping over from Mom Bloggers and I happen upon this post. I really dislike opossums, but I really like your very smart son.

I can't even imagine how you got it out of there. Did you have to throw out the feed? Oh yuck. Just the thought gives me the creepies!

Christy said...

Oh GEEZ. I hate possums. We had one trapped in our garage once and had to call the police to help us get it out. But even the policeman didn't want anything to do with it and he couldn't just shoot it. They totally creep me out!!

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