That right there is love. A new baby rodent to grace the world and in my palm. That baby soft fur rat. It’s a critter of mine.
And if not for those critters…..well, I probably wouldn’t be hungry today.
It’s such a counter intuitive move to spend money on animals when you need it to eat. When you wouldn’t be broke if not for unnecessary “luxuries.” A pet is supposed to be a luxury- only afforded truly by those who have more than enough for themselves in the bank. I don’t. I live paycheck to paycheck like a lot of people. Only i really wouldn’t have to if I didn’t have these critters.
And the demands only mount. I have….probably 11 lizards right now. 5 rodents. 2 axolotls. Copious live feeder insects. 100+fish. A cat who is more of a child to me. Yet it always seems I’m on the lookout for the next cool species. To breed and keep for my livelihood which neither activity supports.
Today I realized that if not for critters, I’d be pretty well-off. I’d have a savings account with money. I wouldn’t get myself in a pinch like today where I’m eating the remnants of a packed lunch until I get home at 10 PM after 10 hours away. But then….
What would I have to look forward to?
Most certainly not that little baby rat.
And what would I spend my days doing?
Watching Netflix and studying dusty old books?
I can’t say I’d rather have anything else. So leftover halloween candy it is…..to persist. Til the next paycheck. Which I will readily spend on my critters.