The Traditional Shake it Off – Conversations with Sweetie

I am Doodlebug, King of the Olde English Bulldogges. Sweetie, why do you have to do that every time?

Sweetie:  What do I do every time? Breathe. Eat. Drink. Sleep.

Doodlebug:  No, how come you shake yourself all over every time you wake up from a nap? I don’t do that and I am the king. So I don’t see any reason why you should do it.

Sweetie:  Let’s see. Why do I shake myself all over after a nap? Well, number one, it makes me feel good, like everything is in place. Number two, it wakes my skin up. Number three, it clears my head and gets me to thinking.

Doodlebug:  Really? I didn’t think you did that.

Sweetie:  Oh, all the time, but not when I sleep. Number 4, it’s traditional and you don’t break with tradition lightly.

Me:  How did it become a tradition and not just a habit?

Sweetie:  You know. Lady Human. You do something and do something and do something and then it starts to be odd when you don’t and then it starts to mean something to you, and I shake myself off and that starts everything over again. It’s a new day. So now it’s a tradition. And don’t you dare tell me not to do it or I’ll start a new tradition like stepping on your toes.

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