June 01, 2006

Pets and/or Children!

Today’s episode of the vaunted Axis of Weevil Thursday Three comes to us via the dog- and child-rich person of Sarah Getzler, who wrote last week to say she wants to know some things about us:

1) What is the most destructive thing your pets and/or your children have ever done?

2) What is the most constructive thing they have done?

And finally, 3) What is the most amazing thing they have done?

As usual, anyone may play along, even if you have no pets and/or children--just make up stuff if you have to!

Just leave your answers in the comments below, or have your trusty sled-dogs pull all of this over to your blog and answer it there, and leave a link below.

As for my answers--

1) I really don’t want to jinx myself, because as of right now, the kids have never torn up anything really, REALLY valuable. They’ve made some messes, such as when Catherine stopped up the shower and flooded our bathroom, but so far nothing worse than that. Pets? Nah, they’ve never been a problem. Although long ago, we had a white flocked Christmas tree we kept in our open garage, and one of the cats we had made himself at home in the box one winter.

2) Well, the pets I’ve had have never been very constructive, unless you count the dirt daubers who make those long dirt tubes all over the house as pets. Well, and there was my family of pet beavers who made a lovely lodge in the kitchen. (Not really.) As for the kids, I guess all of their artwork that I have hanging up. I’m really hoping they get good at creating wealth so they can take care of me in my dotage. Which is scheduled to arrive any day now.

3) I think most amazing still has to be Catherine’s wild ride down the stairs. She was around 6 or so and decided to see if she could walk down the stairs. Wearing Rebecca’s roller skates. She couldn’t. Sounded like a boxcar full of howler monkeys hitting the house when she came falling down the stairs, but she managed--amazingly--to land unharmed, other than a giant bruising of her feelings. She has not attempted the feat again.

So, there you go.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at June 1, 2006 07:40 AM

Here I am!

Posted by: Sarah G. at June 1, 2006 09:03 AM

I'm up.

Posted by: Grouchy Old Yorkie Lady at June 1, 2006 09:48 AM

1. Of all pets, the most destructive was the Siamese cat we had when I was a little girl. When I was about five, she peed in my Easter basket, which was sitting atop the dresser, and ruined the finish.

Of these pets, Charlie munched away on the windowsill one day when I wasn't paying attention. It's not too bad and can be repaired. One day.

2. You wanna talk pure construction, I'd have to say Lucy's dozen eggs. (I got over the Easter basket incident a long time ago, little lady. You can stop now.)

3. Charlie's language skills are pretty amazing. Almost on a par with the size of his ego.

Posted by: Janis at June 1, 2006 10:43 AM

I think I would still be mad about the Easter basket, but that's just me.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at June 1, 2006 10:55 AM

Well, I had dressed her in an organdy doll dress a day or two before.

Mona Lisa was not pleased.

Posted by: Janis at June 1, 2006 11:04 AM

1. A tie. (a) Monty (Brittany) ate, to a point where they were not resurrectable, a brand new pair of ASICS Excaliber-GT running shoes in 1986. I used one to prop up a sinking gutter on the roof, the other? Can't remember. (b) After losing or breaking some sunglasses, I took months to choose exactly the right pair, fianlly settling on something. Brought them home, set them on a cupboard, left the room. Within seconds, Billy (Greyhound) had table-surfed them, carried them to a far bedroom and chewed off the left arm.

2. My son has produced three girls.

3. My son has produced three girls.

Posted by: kitchen hand at June 1, 2006 08:50 PM

Hehehehe--KH, are you sure #1 couldn't be the same as #2 and #3? I mean, grandkids are a force of nature!

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at June 2, 2006 07:51 AM