When we took our arctic trip to Florida a couple of weeks ago, we made arrangements for a house/dogsitter to care for Lucy and to make sure our DVR didn’t miss any episodes of Spongebob. When I told them about it, Christian and Max were very hesitant about this arrangement. They wanted to know the dogsitter’s credentials and asked for a list of personal and professional references. I spent several minutes trying to convince them that Lucy would not starve to death, run away, or be sold on the miniature Dachsund black market while we were away. They were not convinced.
The morning before we left, Max appeared at my side with a paper and pen. “I need to make a list of things to tell Lucy’s babysitter.” He spent several minutes numbering (in bubble numbers, no less) his paper from 1-14 and then added number 100 just for good measure. He then asked me to be his scribe for his very detailed instructions as shown here.
Just in case you can’t read the shrunken version I scanned in, here is the list exactly as dictated by Max:
1. Feed her water and dog food.
2. Play with her.
3. Snuggle with her.
4. Let her go potty.
(Number 5 is hard to write in bubble form, so please excuse the two “Oops” versions.)
5. Watch a show with her.
6. Pat her.
7. Play a game with her.
8. Pretend she’s on a race car.
9. Brush her teeth.
10. Draw something with her.
12. Play ball with her.
13. You shouldn’t give her people food.
14. Pretend she’s on a jet.
100. Read a storybook to her.
Yes, that should cover it. Don’t you think?