I found Farmboy Ooky, who turns eight in a couple weeks, reading at the dining room table.
His book of choice? Raising Goats for Dummies.
Goats? I said.
"Well, my brother just got two pigs for his birthday..." Ooky said.
Oh. I see.
Later that day, I found him in the barn at one of the stalls.
What are you doing? I asked.
"Nailing up a sign so everyone knows this is where my goat is going to live."
How do you know you're getting a goat? I asked.
"Well, my brother got two pigs..."
I know. I know.
"I'm going to name my goat Butter," Ooky explained.
(Apparently, Butter is spelled with a "d" instead of two "t"s so Butter doesn't decide to head butt anyone.)
So, there we have it. Another educational experience is upon us.
It is important for children to know that life isn't always fair and things aren't always the same for everyone...but I think in this instance, being an equal opportunity educator is surely the way to go.
(Read: MamaTea wants goats, too.)