My little boy is now 2. He is even more fun, has more words and still slaps me and kisses me ( see Italian Movie Star). I am more in love with him than ever.
As great as he is Rex doesn’t have a lot of friends. It’s not that he isn’t friendly. He hugs kids all the time. Just walks up to them and hugs them. But, no daycare, no pre school, hard to make friends. I didn’t want to go crazy for his bday, but wanted him to have his “happy day-o” which is what he calls it.
So, invited family, Vivien’s best pal from school and his friends ( who I like a lot) and then just neighbors. I was so pleased because we live at a cross section of the city. We have Koreans, gays, Hassidic Jews, Latino’s. I was really touched that so many showed up. I ordered Kosher cupcakes because I want all of my friends to be comfortable. But, they were all pleased with the main event of the party rolled up.
We had a puppy party. I have never been a dog person. I have never had my own dog. But, after sometime with these puppies I think I could become a crazy dog lady. Now, of course since Rex loves dogs and cats I was sure when he saw them he would squeal with delight. No.
He looked frightened. I tried to get him comfortable, but he ran back in the house.
The puppy lade set up a fence and out came the puppies. A Maltese ( Vivien’s favorite), the Doxie I was ready to adopt right there, a Doxie Shitzue mix that won my heart. Mark loved the Jack Russel. We had an hour with the pups. “I think I might have you come once a month for therapy” I said to the puppy lady as I absorbed the puppy love.
“Oh, I have a lot of people who do that. They don’t think they can handle the responsiblity of a dog, but they miss having one.”
When puppy lady had to go, one little boy cried. I have heard that other kids are still asking, “where are the puppies?” We had the cupcakes and then most guests said their goodbyes. Rex loved this shirt I bought him when I was in New York.
Then Mark said, “where are the jumper cables?” Why? The puppy lady couldn’t start her car. As Mark tried to help her with her car with an assist from his brother in law, I ran for the puppies.
“Bring them back in.” I didn’t want them in their puppy carrying case. She came back and set up the fence again. I thought, maybe Rex will have gotten use to the idea and he will be into it now. I ran into the Vivien’s room where they were playing with their cousin Lily.
“Rex, the puppies are back.” I got the reaction I had hoped for.
“PUPPIES” He screamed and ran down the hall way with the girls following.
I sat back down with Rex and the Maltese came over.
“Mommy, I think they peed.” Vivien exclaimed. Yes, their was a bit of pee on the tarp.
“Well, honey, they were cooped up, they need to pee.” Poor puppy ladies car would not start. She was going to have to wait for a ride. The rest of us were in heaven. Mark got her a plate of mac and cheese he had made and we all played with the pups. Then it got dark. I suggested we bring them inside as it was getting dark.
Rex and Vivien and my niece were having a blast. Now we had a houseful of puppies.
Finally the puppy lady was picked up and I had to pry the Doxies, and the mix out of my arms.
Mark has been against getting a dog for a long time. But, even he melted. “They need someone to play with , we should get both Doxies if we get one.”
The thing is I have a poo limit. I am also still a tad sleep deprieved. When my little human puppy is potty trained I can think about getting a dog. But, not before then.
Rex got a lot of great presents. People were very good to him.
He had a happy day-o.
And, God willing, when my kids are in college I will be in Palm Springs, with short dyed hair, have pink golf clothes and puppies.