I am Stella, Queen…
Miss Sweetie: Queen of what? A crummy summer? Queen of my broken puppy pool? Queen of Panting?
Stella; Hey! I’ll pant if I want to!
Miss Sweetie: Life is no fun! You won’t even let me chase the cat!
Stella: I said you can chase the cat if I give you permission. I said you cannot catch the cat. Think about it. That’s just plain unfair. How much do you weigh? A billion tons?
Me: Not nearly that much.
Miss Sweetie: Not fair!
Me: Hey, I patched your puppy pool. Somewhat. It is leaking more slowly now.
Miss Sweetie: I know.
Stella: So what do you say?
Miss Sweetie: Boo-hoo!
Stella: No! You say, ‘Thank you, Lady Human!’
Miss Sweetie: Why?
Stella: Because that is the right thing to do. Listen to me, young one, be grateful for all you have. So it’s hot. It won’t be hot forever and you live in a house with air conditioning and a human who turns it on just for us. You have food every day, not just once in a while. And it’s food that doesn’t cause your skin to break out and itch. And you have somebody who won’t leave you outside for too long when it’s too hot or too cold. Do you think those are small things? Well, I can tell you that they are not! So you don’t get to catch the cat. What would you even do with her? Have you seen those claws of hers?
Miss Sweetie: I did yesterday. Scary. Now I feel ashamed.
Stella: Don’t feel ashamed. Just be grateful to the Great Creator for everything you have.
Miss Sweetie: Okay…now my leaky puppy pool doesn’t seem so bad.
Stella: It’s not. In fact…I think I’ll go wallow around in it myself.
Miss Sweetie: Boo-hoo! Then the water will be all dirty!
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