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Was there a toy or thing you always wanted as a child, during the holidays or on your birthday, but never received? Tell us about it.

My sister and I for quite a while, when we were little, used to habitually beg our mother for a puppy on bended knee. We would promise our mother that she wouldn’t even know that the puppy was there, that we would do absolutely everything, and please, please, please can we have a cute little baby puppy? You are the meanest Maman in the world is what our poor mother had to endure for quite some time.

She was so lucky that Mommy dogs weren’t in the habit of having their litters outside in backyards accessible to little girls like my sister and myself because that would have been an atrocious headache for our mother. The reason that I said this is because Mommy cats are more apt to have litters outside and my sister and I stumbled upon a litter of kittens and guess what happened? The Mommy cat was away and my sister and I purloined a kitten and smuggled it into our bedroom for keeping. That lasted all of an hour, our mother finally heard the mews coming from the kittens box and we had to bring the kitten back. We did it with heavy hearts and tear filled eyes. It was a sad day in our little lives, sniff, sniff.

Being an adult, I commend and applaud my mother’s resolve. It was admirable. I say this with the utmost respect as a parent. She did the theoretical puppy in question a huge favor saying no because unless everyone is 100% on board for a puppy, a puppy shouldn’t be gotten. I say this as a dog lover. Puppies are a lot of work, trust me.