This week I had a conversation with a fifth grade teacher:
"I'm thinking of getting a pet for my classroom. Can I have a pet in my classroom?"
"Just kidding. What kind of pet were you thinking of?"
"Something soft and cuddly. My doctor has a cat in his office. How about a cat?"
"I don't think so. Get a hamster or a gerbil?"
"No, they remind me of a mouse. Maybe I'll get a turtle."
"You can't have a turtle because they carry salmonella. Ask the nurse."
"Oh no? No turtles?"
"Yes, no turtles. Why don't you get a hedgehog?"
"A hedgehog! Hedgehogs aren't soft and cuddly. They have spikes."
"And a turtle is soft and cuddly? Get a fish. Someone here had a fish tank they were giving away."
"I want to give the students a responsibility. I don't think fish are enough of a responsibility. Are you sure I can't have a cat? Even if I keep the door closed? My doctor has a cat and they keep it in the office with the door closed."
"Oh yeah. I bet your doctor has mice, or he had mice."
"No. He doesn't have mice. They have a nice cat that stays in the office."
"Wait a minute. What kind of a doctor keeps a cat in the office?"
"You weren't supposed to ask that question." (She says as she's backing out the door.)
"Oh no? Come on. What doctor are you talking about?"