Today a coworker stepped into my office to invite me to a function celebrating World Animal Day. She handed me a flyer showing photographs of native wildlife, house pets, and exotic animals. I told her that might be fun and I laid the flyer on my desk.
“Hey, do you have any pets?” she asked.
“No, I don’t.” I answered.
I live alone in a third floor condo. Between work days and weekend travel, any pet I owned would spend most of its time alone. Unfair, I think. Before I could explain that to her, she had a question.
“You don’t like animals?” she asked, in apparent disgust.
I tried to respond, but she interrupted.
“Your parents never let you have pets.” she assumed, and rolled her eyes.
Again I tried to respond, but she had another question.
“You never even had a hamster?” she asked as she appeared…
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