As we sat perched upon the highest point of our terrace, enjoying the diwali blitz, soaking in the glittering rockets and noisy crackers, life couldn't be better! Moods were at an all time high, so i ventured out, gathered my courage and my overused nerve and put forth the over asked question.
"Amma can i have a dog?"
"But, but can we go over the 'why not' again, i have some new arguments"
"Oh Christ!...maybe i'll blog about this"
"okay!!?...you mean i can get a dog?"
"No...i'm okay about you blogging"
Why does my mom have to reply in monosyllables? i'm not a dog! i can understand complex speech patterns! okay, i admit it, i used to get explanations before, guess she got tired! you gotta admire my persistence though!
When did i first want to own a dog? i think it was during the Enid Blyton craze back in the fourth standard, all of her pre teen detectives had dogs, Heck! one of the "famous five" was a dog! good ol Timmy! so did the Secret seven, even the kids at Malory towers had one! Oops, er, i just happened to flip through one of those eh books, and eh er . OKAY FINE! i read through Malory towers and St Clare's, they're not girlie, just stories about girls! Hmph!
Back to the issue in question. Lets analyse why i want a dog. The usual sane and valid reasons are well countered by mother.
Dogs are nice and cuddly....negated by.....dogs poop and shed hair
A dog will guard our house...negated by...dogs won't take care of themselves when we're away
A dog will give us puppies...negated by.... puppies are dogs you doofus
So i had to employ lateral thinking, think outside the box, confined as i am in the box, i tried..
"Well Fany has a dog, she has three in fact!!" Fany my best budd, has three dogs, not one, three!! and had three times 'mans best friend" and she is not even a man . Talk about having what you don't need!
"Fany topped the class too"
"Well, thats my point, she topped cause she has dogs!"
Okay that didn't work, but i'm not gonna give up as yet, whats the one thing man,or woman, never fail to let go? A chance to make a profit!!
"Mom, do you wanna make a quick buck? maybe not that quick! But the money will pour in after a couple of years, you interested?"
"We could get 2 dogs, male and female, they should fall in love, i'll arrange that, then the stork will bring puppies, And we could sell the puppies"
i put in a smile too, a smile could go a long way in selling an idea, i had a heard a management guru say on t.v .
Maybe i should get a virtual pet, i could even tweak the code to suit my liking, but its just not the same!...sigH!....Or i should put a 'puppy' on my orkut wishlist, but my birthday is 11 months away!
But for now, i have to make do with watching scooby doo reruns on cartoon network! Ah heck! i have a brother, and he's toilet trained too, sheds hair though! So till one of you feels sorry for me and leaves a puppy on my doorstep,i'll have to make do with...