The conversation is really interesting, or would be if you cared. She had a blind date last night; he brought his pet ferret named Steve. Steve, you learn, is missing his back paw – fishing accident, or so the story goes. The poor ferret now has difficulty reaching up in his cage to push the button to release the treat. She fell in love with Steve last night, she says.
Me: Aw that poor puppy has to walk
Riley: And we are riding! In the car!
Me: To the vet
Me: It’s really quiet tonight
Me: You’re making echoes in the bathroom again, aren’t you?
Me: <stretch> I’m going to get some water
–30 seconds later–
Me: You took my spot
Riley: I heard a thing and I got scared and it’s getting cold outside and you’re spot is warm and I knew you’d give me hugs and kisses and do I have to move I like it here and I love you so much can I have a hug and kiss?
“Halloween was confusing. All my life my parents said, ‘Never take candy from strangers.’ And then they dressed me up and said, ‘Go beg for it.’ I didn’t know what to do! I’d knock on people’s doors and go, ‘Trick or treat.’ ‘No thank you.'”
Me: Ooof! It feels good to get my shoes and socks off!
Riley: Did you say… socks?!
Me: Yes, um… why?
Riley: <dive bombs my socks face first, then proceeds push her face against the floor using my socks as a cushion> They smell good! They smell like you!
Me: Ah! It feels good to sit down and take my shoes off!
Riley: <sits at attention, looking me in the eye> Hello sir
Me: Hmm… very formal
<Riley rests a paw on my knee>
Riley: Sir it’s been a long and quiet day and even though I’ve been bored I was a good girl and didn’t get into anything I shouldn’t or even eat one of those tasty morsels I love so well.
Me: And by tasty morself you mean… a book, don’t you?
Riley: Mmmmmmm book…
Me: Riley, did you eat a book?
Riley: I love you
<Siren in the distance>
Riley: Did you hear that?
Me: Yes, hope everyone is alright
<Siren passing on our street>
Riley: Be well, my friends
Me: <singing> I wake up in the morning and raise my weary head
Riley: <Grin!!!! Jump!!!!>
Me: <singing> Had an old coat for a pillow and the earth was last night’s bed
Riley: I always wanted to play for Snoopy and Woodstock’s All Pet Revue
<Tag wail, guitar strum>
Me: <singing> I don’t know where I”m goin’, only God knows where I’ve been…
Me: Hey – since it’s such a lazy day I’m going to take a nap.
Riley: Ok! I like naps!
<I fall asleep and wake up an hour later>
Me: Um Riley…? Why am I buried in your toys?
Rile: You were growling – I thought they’d make you happy.