Tuesday, April 08, 2008
C IS FOR COOKIE. T IS FOR TUNA
When I was a little kid, my parents would sometimes go away together and leave us at my aunt Meme's house for a long weekend. I loved when they did this. I mean, sure, I missed my parents, but staying at Meme's meant new toys to play with, cousins who always made me giggle and, as a kid, I mostly thought about the cabinet of treats.
Meme's house has something very important that was lacking in my own home: a pantry filled with things like Vanilla Wafers, Fig Newtons and other yummy delights. And the best part, it was all within reach of a small child! I would happily reach in whenever the sugar urge struck me (which ironically, was less than at home where such things were often not in the house) and pull out a cookie or cracker. A child's version of heaven.
Now, as an adult, I rarely keep cookies and such items in the house. Like Mother, I have a horrible sweet tooth and if I had a pantry like Meme's, I would constantly be eating out of it and gain tons of weight (not to mention a very unhealthy lifestyle). I am sure that one day, my child will prefer staying at relative's houses for the same reason that I loved visiting Meme.
I know that for my dogs, they are very happy that we are all living with Sister while the new apartment undergoes some renovations. The love the air mattress that Sister's boyfriend (SuperRob) brought over and seem to be very content relaxing on her couch as well. But, last night, for the first time, I realized that if I were to leave them alone with Sister for a weekend, they would likely not even miss me. It would be just like when my parents left us at Meme's house.
Last night I met a new friend from my dog training class for a quick glass of wine (I dare you to judge me for it!) and some food. We were having a blast and time quickly flew. I looked at my watch, saw it was 9:30, the time I had promised Sister I would be home, hastily said goodbye and jumped into a cab. As we sped toward Sister and the dogs, i figured I would call to check in and make sure that 1. Sister knew I was on my way; and 2. to ensure that the dogs were not missing me too badly (Cody will often cry when he gets home if Husband and I are not there).
"Hey, I am on my way in a cab, " I informed Sister when she answered.
"Ok," she replied. "Can the dogs eat tuna?"
"A little bit is fine," I told her.
"Ok. Bye," she said, abruptly hanging up on me.
I wondered what was going and and when I walked into Sister's apartment, both dogs looked absolutely blissful. Turns out, Sister had split an order of sushi with them and all three had gorged themselves on tuna rolls, tuna sushi and rice. Neither dog looked particularly excited to have me home.
And this morning it hit me. I had walked in immediately following the dogs being able to have all the treats they wanted and they gave me the same reaction I used to give my parents when they walked in right after my fourth Vanilla Wafer.
I guess everyone (even dogs) need a Meme to spoil them occasionally.