Sunday, March 09, 2008

The Dog Whistler

Katie was lying on the couch. The dog was gnawing on her various extremities. Her father and I were busy with our own pursuits, which is another way of saying we were doing our best to shut out the inanity of the Disney Channel.

Katie spoke:

"Emily told me how to be the alfalfa."

All was quiet as Jackson and I both tried to process this information. I looked at him. He looked at me. We both looked at her. Then back at each other. Then we looked at the dog, who also seemed confused by this statement.

Katie blinked at us expectantly.

I looked at the dog again. Jackson said "Alfalfa?"

"Yeah!" Katie said, helpfully.

I was still looking at the dog.

"Oh!" I said, as the light finally dawned. "The alpha dog!"

"Yeah," Katie said again. "If you're the alfalfa dog, you can't let your dog crawl all over on top of you while you're playing!"


Her SAT scores should be really interesting. (Although, she did qualify this weekend to go to state in UIL calculator competition.) ((However, in the interests of accuracy, it should be mentioned that her father is still trying to convince her there is a difference between calculator and calculus.))

17 comments:

Presbyterian Gal said...

"...their is a difference between calculator and calculus."

No leg to stand on missy with "their" there instead of "there" there.

And thank goodness SOMEONE in your house knows how to tell tooth plaque from countin' machines! *snicker*

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Katie!!! I read that she was going to State. Way to go.

P

cheesehead said...

I Heart Katie.

Tauratinzwe said...

Alfalfa?

Wait until she meets Buckwheat!

Songbird said...

We are laughing over here!

dust bunny said...

I am now convinced that George Burns & Gracie Allen are solidly perched on a branch of your family tree. (If you're too young to recognize those names, hit Google and check out your humor linage.)

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

Congrats to Katie! Smart smart girl.

SpookyRach said...

PG - bwaahahahah! I really, really do know the difference between those two words. I just can't seem to type the right one at the right time. ha! Same goes for hear and here...

Thanks for the kudos everyone - I'll be sure to pass them along to Katie.

And dust bunny - I'd love to have Burns and Allen somewhere in the family tree. And - in an attempt at an even more obscure reference - do you remember My Friend Irma? Recordings of that show used to crack me up BAD when I was a weird little kid.

Janie said...

Congrats to Katie! And whether alfalfa or alpha, well, it's all about who's in control!

smily_mama said...

Love this! Sounds liek she's going to be more of a math junkie than a literature buff. There are worse things in life.

dust bunny said...

I don't recall My Friend Irma, but then, I don't recall breakfast, either. Sad when the mind goes.

Presbyterian Gal said...

Hey! You fixed the "their" there! Now I sound exactly like the doofus I am.

And P.S. Congratulations to Katie! Tell her that the truth is, when a girl is good at math, she's better than the boys!! Go Katie!

Purechristianithink said...

Hee Hee. I had a friend who tried to do the Alpha Wolf Roll once while training her German Shepherd. This was supposed to end with the dog on its back and my friends hands on the dogs chest--indicating that she was the Alpha Wolf in their pack of two. Ahem. It ended up just the reverse: my friend on her back with the dog's paws on her chest.

Bunny Bunster said...

potato, po-tat-oh....
or something like that....

I hate (HATE!) it when someone says, "I have an ideal...." or "that's a really good ideal." Makes me wanna pull their (there) hair (hare) out.

JenStar said...

Scrapbook that!

Gator World!! said...

Wow...just...wow

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

*laughing so hard that I am crying*

SCRAPBOOK THAT!!!


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