I realize that
JUST LIKE MAMA
LOVE TO TELL A GOOD STORY.
When my Mama comes home from her adventures from out in the
GREAT BIG WORLD
We sit in the garden and she tells me about her day.
Here is a picture of me sitting on her lap.
VERY BUSY DAYS
she walks around the house telling me of her adventures
while I follow close behind,
LICKING HER ANKLES.
I was trying to remember where I got this
WELL YOU MUST ADMIT, VERY INTERESTING HABIT.
BUT AS WE SPEAK
I am under the desk laying on Mama's ankles as she is typing.
NOW I REMEMBER!
When I first moved in with the old folks, Mama would often have to do work at the desk and
I JUST WANTED TO BE NEAR HER!
You know the feeling, like when they come home from being gone to work
and they walk through the door.
IT IS LIKE
THE SUN IS SHINING,
RIGHT INSIDE THE HOUSE!
So, I would lay under the desk, when she was working,
with my head on one of her ankles and my butt on another one,
and she would swing me up and down, like we were
ON A SWING TOGETHER.
JUST LIKE SHE IS DOING,
So I think the ANKLE LICKING happened because
I AM ALWAYS TRYING TO GET MAMA
TO PAY ATTENTION TO ME!!
SLOW DOWN MAMA
TAKE ME FOR A SWING!!
And so for my story today.
Being the "main dog", well I like to think
that most of the world rotates around "me".
I mean, what other way can it truly be?
But there are other dogs in our lives and other stories
that need to be told.
Here is another one.
I come from a long line of dog lovers. So almost everyone in our family either:
HAS A DOG
HAS LOVED A DOG
TAKES CARE OF DOGS
KNOWS A DOG.
So this week, my Mama and Papa went and visited Liz. Now Liz has had many famous dogs.
The only famous dog that my Mama
EVER EVEN GOT CLOSE TO BEING WITH
was when Jon Provost, who played Timmy in the Lassie television show
came to Nashua N.H. to help out the local animal shelter.
Well actually it was Papa who went and met him, for Mama couldn't make it.
But she lived vicariously through Papa. He brought this wonderful portrait of my
older long lost brother Meghan to the event and Mr. Timmy signed the portrait itself.
Meghan was known as "The Prince" in the family, he was so regal. Anyway, Mama has had many collies, and Meghan is part of that hereditary line in our family, of
DOGS WE HAVE LOVED.
You can see his picture below.
But back to Liz.
Mama met Liz and her dog Ruby many years ago.
It inspired Mama to think "gee, maybe I can write a book about my dog".
Now, no one writes a better book than Liz.
But it is funny how life is, don't you think?
Here, this really kind lady who did not even know the "old folks"
invited my Mama and my Papa to her house,
so that she could sign the book that my Mama loved.
It was so cool. Mama still tells the story of meeting Ruby.
For a dog lover it was just wonderful.
Years ago, Mama and Papa took brother collie Kira to the
(can you believe it),
LAD A DOG.
If you don't know who LAD A DOG is, GOOGLE it.
Dog lovers, they UNDERSTAND!!
Anyway, that visit with Liz inspired Mama to think, maybe she could write a good dog story some day because Liz has written many great dog stories, and she was just like,
I DON'T KNOW, A REGULAR PERSON?
That was ten years ago.
So this week, Mama brought Liz a copy of my book to her for a gift.
Mama says "the grownups had a wonderful time" eating pizza and drinking cane soda.
She also told me how Liz's dogs were "freaking hilarious". They wiggled and squirreled around, as only little dogs can do. Liz has had many dogs but once the dogs who had gained notoriety (due to her wonderful books) had passed,
she was alone, and I mean come on,
a dog lover with no dogs.
HOW IS THAT EVEN FUN?
So Liz found these two little guys at the shelter.
I mean, she had to take both of them as they were together in one cage, didn't she?
Any "dog person" would have done exactly what she did.
So now, you should always remember with little dogs, "though we be little we be very smart!"
So, when you go out for pizza AND cane soda,
NEVER LEAVE THE CHAIRS OUT AROUND THE KITCHEN TABLE.
Because of course when they came back, Chapek and Kafka had climbed onto the table
and ate all of the grapes right off the branch.
When Mama and Papa first got there they were like barking little hellions. But by the time the people got back from getting pizza, and the boys got their bellies filled with green grapes, they were old buddies.
IT'S FUNNY HOW EASY IT IS FOR A DOG
TO BECOME A GOOD FRIEND ISN'T IT?
Anyway, they squirreled around, and jumped on Papa's lap.
IT WAS LIKE HAVING JELLO ON YOUR LAP, BUT YOU COULD PAT IT.
WHICH IS MUCH MORE FUN THAN PATTING JELLO.
DON'T YA THINK?
And so good bye for another week.
Chell Sommese is a retired teacher.