A long-standing tradition in my work area is that a quilt is made for anyone having their first baby. Squares of fabric are passed out to the people who want to participate and they are decorated in line with a particular theme, usually coinciding with the decor of the baby's room. Some talented person then takes all of these squares and makes them into a big quilt.
Being my snarky self, I noted aloud that it didn't seem fair to those of us who do not plan on having babies. I proposed that we get a quilt for pets instead. One of my co-workers made a joke about making me a hamster quilt and we laughed about it for a few days. It turns out she was serious.
This former co-worker of mine ended up resigning shortly after our conversation. She was only around for a couple more weeks, but sure enough, she made the quilt! She made it out of streamer paper and then added some decorations with fabric paint as some often do for the baby quilts. Here is the result:
Ami immediately nibbled on the quilt, which I figured he would do. I didn't let him eat any of the fabric paint though. I'm not sure he found it too appetizing, but he did take a few bites.
I know many people say they have no regrets in life. I do and I now have a new one. I really wish I'd spent more time with someone so fun and dorky that they'd make a quilt for my hamster! Luckily, she is local and we do plan to spend some time together soon.