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Please Can I Have a Clam?

The ChickieNob prepared a thesis statement complete with multiple supports as to why I should buy her a pet clam.  I have no idea how one goes about buying a pet clam, but she argued so passionately that I told her that if I could tape her and post it, I would look into the world of bivalve pets.


Beyond going to the beach and finding one yourself, how does a person buy a live clam?  Um… and how does one know if it’s alive or dead?

By the way, about 8 minutes after this was recorded, I heard the girl muttering in the hallway to herself, “I should have asked for an oyster.”


1 Becky { 09.25.11 at 10:04 am }

Wow. She’s really thought this out. I’m pretty sure you have to get her a clam. Funny girl 😉

2 JustHeather { 09.25.11 at 10:12 am }

How old are they again?! LOL! This is precious!
I would think that a store that sells fish would have clams. Although, if they don’t have fresh water clams, you would need to get a salt water tank and with that, I believe there would be a whole new world of pet related issues. Although, I have seen some very nice salt water tanks. Imagine, you could get a shark too if it was salt water!

3 JDragonfly { 09.25.11 at 11:18 am }

You have the coolest kids ever!

4 Pam/Wordgirl { 09.25.11 at 12:23 pm }

I love the non-allergenic argument (and my goodness, the voice!) The most nervous horseshoe crab in the world! (love that.) So. You’ll be adding a clam to your household menagerie then?

So sweet…I should record more things for posterity…we always imagine we’ll never forget it…and then it so easily passes…



5 knottedfingers { 09.25.11 at 12:23 pm }

ADORABLE!!! Now you can indeed keep clams as pets. Clams should be kept in a salt water fish tank or you can get freshwater clams.


6 Vee { 09.25.11 at 4:19 pm }

OMG How adorable! I love listening to your accents. Yes she has great reasons. Time to go clam shopping 🙂

7 Michaela { 09.25.11 at 6:06 pm }

That was awesome! Her argument was solid and I think the clams have it!!

8 a { 09.25.11 at 6:23 pm }

Well, every pet needs requires cleaning, but other than that, I suggest you start conditioning your salt water tank. Or move closer to the ocean, so you can tell her that ALL the clams are her pets. And sign her up for the debate club, while you’re at it.

9 April { 09.25.11 at 6:36 pm }

Well, after sharing this with hubby, I also must look into the world of bivalve pets. Because three cats, a snapping turtle, and a three-toed box turtle aren’t enough.

10 Mo { 09.25.11 at 6:49 pm }

I think I just turned into a puddle.
Maybe just ask the fish monger at the grocery store? Who knows, maybe they’re alive there.
I suggest using a permanent marker to draw a smiley face on the shell. 🙂

11 Brooke { 09.25.11 at 9:37 pm }

On the upside, all bivalves you purchase at grocery stores and fish markets are alive-so as long as you have a salt water tank to drop the clam in, sand and plankton-you’re good to go. And even better-when it dies, because i think plankton are hardest part of this equation (who needs to eat anyways right?) -you can just pick up another one 🙂 Perhaps you can sway her to want a hermit crab??? Those are way more cool and worthy of her performance! Or a monkey. Everyone loves monkeys.

12 Kristin { 09.25.11 at 11:28 pm }

Your daughter totally ROCKS.

13 iamvulnerable { 09.25.11 at 11:51 pm }

My love for the ChickieNob remains unabated. She is so clearly your daughter – love it.

14 Bea { 09.26.11 at 9:20 am }

I hate to break her heart on the cleaning front, but I fear she does need to be brought back to reality there. But the rest is just great. You seem to have your answers above (I have none of my own).


15 Lori Lavender Luz { 09.26.11 at 12:20 pm }

Her voice melts me. And her arguments are really very good.

If you’re gonna be a big fan of bivalves , you might as well be a big fan of clams.

16 Angie { 09.26.11 at 10:35 pm }

I listened to this yesterday on my phone and it made me smile the whole time. I admit now I want a clam too.

17 Amy Elaine { 09.28.11 at 9:53 pm }


18 Minta { 09.29.11 at 11:16 am }

Obviously, you have to get her a clam. But, I think that is the least of your worries about this one. It certainly seems you have a very successful (albeit miniature) lawyer on your hands, and parental powers will be no match for her debate skills 🙂

19 Searching { 09.30.11 at 2:47 am }

She is ADORABLE and so intelligent and just all kinds of wonderful! I had a pet clam (I named it Clam Chowder, which was rather mean now that I think about it). He was freshwater and I hauled a 10 gal bucket of water back with me (2.5h away) to change out his fish bowl and mud. It didn’t go so well. He lived nearly 2wk and I’m not sure if it was running out of river water or starting to feed him fish food that led to his demise (no internet in those days & nothing at the library helped, so 8yo me tried my best!). I think her clam would have a better life though. Mine lived in the garage except for when I got home from school and would tote him around the yard in his fishbowl. She makes a good case. Have her do some feeding & housing research. And lifespan info. I think you should consider it! I mean, Cozy worked out pretty well…

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