11-year-old pens 6-page essay to convince her parents to get a cat

June 29, 2017 1:57 pm Last Updated: June 29, 2017 1:57 pm


Who has not tried to convince their parents to buy them a pet when they were a child? The arguments  all made sense at the time, but when we look back, they often seem pretty funny. We tried appealing to our parents’ emotions, or used logic as to why a pet could be helpful for the family, or even attempted to barter for it. Kids today make the same arguments, but now they have one advantage earlier generations did not: the power of collective bargaining through social media.

11-year old Romesa from San Antonio, Texas, may have outdone everyone in her efforts to convince her parents to get a cat, and she won countless online supporters at the same time.

She wrote a six-page report on the merits of owning a cat.

In her report, Romesa used all kinds of arguments to convince her parents. She expressed her undying love of cats, she cited health statistics regarding pet ownership, and she even cited her sources on a separate page.

“Cats help stress,” the report reads. “15 to 30 minutes of quality time with cats can reduce anger, stress and anxiety.”

That’s not all, she even tried to argue from a cultural perspective.

“‘Prophet Muhammed (SAWS) always fed cats,’ she really pulled the religion card,” wrote her sister Rimsha in a post on Twitter.

Both Romesa’s parents and her sister must have had a good laugh, and they decided to share some of Romesa’s report with social media. Little did they know, however, that their daughter’s appeal would become an internet sensation. Within several days, hundreds of people showed their support. Now Romesa’s parents not only have to contend with her, but they also have to deal with the power of social media.

Romesa’s novel approach also seems to have inspired others to use social media to convince their parents to buy pets.

It’s funny that, despite how far technology progresses, things remain the same.

Despite her valiant efforts, and in the face of overwhelming support, a parent’s word is still law.

But Romesa should not feel sad. If nothing else, the whole endeavor has shown the world her enterprising spirit!

And, I would wager, this will not be the last her parents hear of this!


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