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Monday, January 21, 2008

For the love of Lucy

I have this friend . . .

her family has a girl hamster named Lucy. One day, my friend found out that her girl hamster might actually be a boy hamster. What do I do?! er... What should she do? Should she tell her four kids six and under that Lucy is really a boy and possibly traumatize them? Or what if that leads to questions about which I'm she's not ready to answer? Do you think they'll just accept it and rename her? Is there any harm in Lucy's well-being by continue to pretend he's a she?

My friend's husband is absolutely no help at all. He refuses to believe that his dear Lucy could really be a dude.

Play Flight of the Hamsters as you consider your response.

3 comments:

Leslie said...

Say nothing. Slowly start changing the pronunciation to Lukey and then one day just Luke and the kids will never know what happened. Maybe.

jenny said...

growing up my family had this issue, but i was over 6 when it happened. our "boy" cat, joseph had some kittens, and soon became josephine..... your kiddos (umm, i mean your friend's kiddos) probably already know the difference between boys and girls (if the friend has boys and girls like you), so she could just tell them she goofed and it's really a boy. in the future she could try to use neuterfriendly names in case she goofs again...

Laura said...

I like both the ideas before me! But, unless there is a female in the equation, or ever will be, I think your, uh, friend would be fine keeping the name Lucy. Our kids think that when our cats are, uh, 'canoodling' that they are actually just wrestling. Kids are very naive, and it's fine to leave them that way! :~}

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