This week’s guest blog is by Stacy Winnick. She use her guinea pigs to wake up her children. Awesome. Could you imagine Alfalfa doing that? He would make his way down to their toes and start a feast. Not to mention the bean train he’d leave behind. Alfalfa is not a morning pig like Fluffy and Ferkel. Go pigs go! – Kerry Anne
“Our Fuzzy Alarm Clocks”
By: Stacy Winnick
We are not a family of naturally early risers. When my kids were in elementary school, weekday mornings were agonizing. Both kids ignored their alarm clocks. I found myself running between their rooms, gently shaking each one awake before returning to mine to finish dressing myself for work. The next round of wake-up calls was more rushed, less gentle, and met with increased resistance. Okay, next round, breakfast would be ready, both kids would still be in bed and then the shouting and harassment would begin. And everyone would be hostile and late again.
All of that changed when the guinea pigs were put to work. Fluffy and Ferkel were good little pets and we all enjoyed playing with them, holding them, and feeding them treats. What we didn’t like about them was if you had one out of the cage too long, you would get soaked. Guinea pigs just don’t seem to have very big bladders, and though they will cross their legs for a while, eventually, they just seem to lose interest in holding it. They keep it in just about the same length of time as a snooze alarm.
So, starting when Becky was in 6th grade, and Sam was in 4th grade, I would get the guinea pigs out of their cage each morning and gently place one in each kid’s bed. This was always met with enthusiastic giggles as each child reached out to pull their guinea pig in under the warm covers to snuggle. I would walk away to the sound of each one whispering to their guinea pig, knowing my job was (hopefully) done. As the kids slowly wakened, the horror of having a “stale” guinea pig in their bed would begin to dawn on them. Then I would hear one child, then the other get out of bed, grab their pet and hasten to the cage to put them away. Once the kids were out of bed, getting dressed and fed was easy.
Were there accidents? Of course there were! But the accidents were fewer and fewer as time went on. Isn’t it annoying and disgusting to have to clean that up in the morning? Compared to the aggravation and hollering method, yanking some sheets off a bed to be cleaned up later is actually kind of funny! After all, it wasn’t MY bed! Actually, I kept some waterproof crib protectors and put them between the mattress and bedding, so it was never too bad.
Fluffy and Ferkel were our alarm clocks until the kids were well into high school. They changed our morning routine from harassment to hilarity and I think the guinea pigs enjoyed the attention, too! How do you start your morning?
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