We have a pending rodent problem in our house. Yes, Jamie wants to get a pet.
He's asked for one before and we responded first by changing the subject and, when that didn't work, by warning that all animals have rabies and bite.
But he's learnt a lot about animals since then and has seen through our dastardly plan.
Indeed, he's become something of a wildlife enthusiastic/expert.
Plus, it's perhaps a bit harsh to tell your 8-year-old animal-loving son that he can't have a pet until he leaves home in around 30 years' time.
But what pet should he go for? So I asked him tonight.
In an ideal world he said he'd like a bearded dragon. Just like this one.
Yup, it's a lizard. And that is never, ever going to happen.
"Right then," he said, "what about a squirrel monkey?"
Like this one.
"I'm not sure you're allowed to have one of those in your bedroom," I replied.
"OK. Pygmy goat?"
"In the garden?"
"Pot bellied pig?"
"Don't be silly."
"As if. And it's not even an animal. It's a..........tarantula. "
"Do you see me laughing?"
"It's time for bed."
We'll talk again tomorrow.