Why worry now when you can worry a decade ago?
This story from A Contributor:
Ten-year-old lad successfully negotiates pet as a Chanukah present. But type of pet is up for debate.
The dog gets a double parental veto.
the python gets a single-parent veto.
Vetoer is the Mother. Mother unconditionally refuses to drop live mice into a tank, so son unconditionally promises that he will do all the feeding all the time always no matter what really I promise promise promise pleeeeaaaase?
He gets an okay.
The chatty salesman then recommends that the kid pick out a handsome one, cuz pythons can live 30 years, so he’s gonna be sharing his room with it for a very long time.
At which boy furrows his brown and says, I quote:
“What will this mean when I start dating? I’m going to have to find a girl who isn’t scared of snakes because the snake will still be alive. She will have to be willing to live with a snake. Will there be girls who want to date me if I have a snake?”