37 Dog

My favourite pet would be a dragon. But I do not have a dragon, so I will write about the only pet I have.

Bacon.

Bacon looks very much like this.

Bacon.

This is Bacon. Bacon is a dog. He does not know his age because he does not know how to read a calendar, like I do. And he not as smart as me and therefore he cannot read a clock either like I can. So every time I go to school and tell him that I will be back by two o’clock in the afternoon, he just sits with his tongue lolling looking like Lickitung.

A dragon would fly me to school.  

Bacon is a coward as well. He NEVER chases the neighbor’s cat even though everyone knows that cats and dogs are mortal enemies.

If I had a dragon, it would roast the cat with its dragon fire and eat it whole.

And then Bacon is lazy. He will not even go up the stairs.

A dragon would be too big to get in the house, but if it had stairs big enough, it would run up them at the speed of light.

And that is why I wish for a dragon this Christmas.

‘Aren’t you a bit hard on Bacon,’ he asked after having read his son’s essay.

‘He doesn’t know what I wrote, and even if he did he wouldn’t understand, he’s too stupid.’

The father looked at the essay, then down at bacon and wondered when he stopped believing that animals could understand him.

‘Did you read the last line?’ asked his son.

‘Yes?’

‘I haven’t written any other wish list. It doesn’t have to be Smaug, but it has to be one that looks like.’

‘Smaug, from The Hobbit?’

His son nodded and the father considered if he should tell his son that Smaug died a long time ago and did not leave any children, or if he should just try to make his son believe that middle earth did not exist.

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  1. Tough question as a father. I think I’d go with option 3, which is to re-name the dog “Dragon” and teach him to fly. Hmmm, my fathering technique could explain why my children have some issues 😉

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  2. I actually agree with Ned. Elevate the dog’s persona and get the kid and dog to do stuff.
    Your story made me think about how we marginalize real creatures and elevate pretend creatures. Yeah there is something fun about the idea of big, flying and nasty, although consequences are always something to consider. I’m all for imagination, but not for lying to make an imaginary thing actual, I do think lying about these things sets up children not to believe parents later.
    Another issue for me here is the lack of respect for the capabilities of creatures in ones presence. And the line that indicated that the father basically concurred. Because then the dog and the son are lesser because of it, also what is complained of in others is usually something you dislike in yourself (i.e. finding learning new things difficult, wanting more credit for being smart, being worried about cowardice and what so-called mortal enemies should do)…so that’s what I’d plan to deal with after having fun with the idea of a good story (if the kid is writing he’s old enough) and how adventures can be had with imagination.
    So I liked your story, but I didn’t like the options you gave the father at the end. Although these kinds of choices can be the building blocks of dramatic trauma filled teen years–and the psych and legal fees Ned was mentioning — not good for living, but good for writing about.

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    • I’m glad you took such a great interest in my story; it’s flattery for the writer-part of me 🙂

      And you’re right. Imagination is great, but we should not let it keep us from appreciating the real people and beings around us.

      Thank you very much for reading 🙂

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