I once blocked a girl on Facebook who said,
in a conversation entirely separate from me,
that she didn’t understand
why someone would give up a relationship
if their partner asked them to
get rid of their pet.
I told myself I didn’t want that kind of negativity,
even just in my digital life.
In that same thread, someone agreed
and complained about people who call
their animals their “children” instead of their “pets,”
as if what someone else says in this context
really has an effect on her life,
as if these people are truly delusional
and believe they’ve given birth
to a fluffy, four-pawed “fur baby.”
There’s an episode of Modern Family
in which Cam and Mitch don’t get a baby
but Larry the Cat
and Mitch comments that Cam is cramming
Larry into a child-shaped hole in his heart,
and maybe that’s where the word “fur baby”
saving the day and giving you something
to love when there’s nothing else.
Juliette Sebock is the author of Mistakes Were Made and has poetry forthcoming or appearing in a variety of publications. She is the founding editor of Nightingale & Sparrow and runs a lifestyle blog, For the Sake of Good Taste. When she isn’t writing (and sometimes when she is), she can be found with a cup of coffee and her cat, Fitz. Juliette can be reached on her website or across social media.