I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. I have four legs. I always have had. I know of animals with fewer. I know that each human is given a maximum of two. What I want to know is how do humans balance on only one or two. It is a puzzlement to me.
Me: There is no mystery really. It is how we are made.
Stella: But I saw a puppy human walking on knees and hands. That is the same as four paws on the ground.
Me: Stella, with all due respect, there are no such things as “puppy humans”. There are babies who grow into toddlers who grow into children who grow into teenagers who grow into adults.
Stella: Blah, blah, blah. Puppies are puppies. Still, how do you do it? One day, puppy humans are on all fours and then the next, poof! They are balancing on no more than two feet, though not well. Then they are walking fast and are harder to keep up with and then they are running and the real fun begins. I admire you all greatly. I wish I could walk like that.
Me: It’s not exactly poof! It takes a lot of practice. Balance is a tricky skill. And it’s not just physical. There is emotional balance and there is mental balance. Balanced diet. Balanced hobbies. Balanced tires.
Stella: Balanced diet?
Me: I knew you would hear the one about food.
Stella: My diet is not balanced. There are far too few treats compared to food.
Me: That is balance for you. Dogs do not live by treats alone. Even good treats don’t give your body what it needs.
Stella: Then it needs better treats.
Me: I thought we were talking about how humans can balance on fewer than four legs.
Stella: You are the one who brought up treats.
Me: No, I think that was…
Stella: Treats! Please don’t change the subject. And see what you can do about balancing my diet.
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