“Hey, Curly, like it?” I asked.
Curly started chasing his tail.
“You just had to nod or shake your head or growl. Tail-chasing is like a shrug – it means you don’t really care.”
“Hey, lady, look at me way up here!” Bilbo said to the woman riding the swing. “I’m way higher than you are!”
“Curly!” I exclaimed in the morning. “Just because my kids have to get up for school doesn’t mean I have to! They don’t need beauty sleep the way Cam and I do!”
“He’s a dog, Elena,” Cam said. “They’re like roosters, only featherless.”
“Don’t encourage him, Cam,” I said.
“Do you want him out of the room or not?” Cam said before running off down the stairs.
“Horsie pretty, horsie smart, horsie drink tea with me!” sang Vasilisa.
“Only in your dreams, kid,” said Cam.
“Hi, Mom!” Tony said, trotting over that night. “Fancy seeing you here!”
“It’s my house,” I said. “And I was in the middle of something.”
“What, playing with the sprinkler?” said Tony. “But you never do that!”
“Only cause you kids don’t give me time to.”
“Mom, come on! I want to talk to you!” Tony complained.
“And Curly wants a treat,” I said. “Don’t you, boy? Yes, you do.”
“Sometimes I think you love that dog more than you love us,” Tony grumbled.
“And maybe you should walk away while thinking that,” I said.
“Who’s afraid of the tickle monster?” said Ashley.
“I – Not!” Vasilisa giggled.
“Mmm, mm-mm,” Ashley hummed as she licked a dirty, smelly plate. “There are definitely undertones of pepper in this dish.”
At least she didn’t say there were undertones of boogers.
“Cam!” I shrieked. “What did I say about freaking out?”
“I don’t remember! I’m too busy worrying about your giant belly exploding!”