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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

"Why I Need a Dog"

Once upon a time (almost seven years ago), in a land far, far away (Long Island), I worked as a high school English teacher. That particular time in my life was a rather dark one for reasons I won't discuss now, but, long story short, teaching was not the career for me. I found my ultimate bliss in librarianship and everything worked out, but I do sometimes miss the "editorial" aspects of English education. I liked the process of proofreading, correcting, and, to whatever extent I was able, improving a work of writing. I think it’s 90% that I love words, and 10% that I’m a control freak. DON’T JUDGE ME.

Anyway, when kids at the library ask me to proofread something for them, I am happy to do so. Although it’s technically not part of my job, I enjoy talking to them about their assignments and what they can maybe change/add/delete to make their essays and reports a bit more polished. It's a satisfying task, because what could be more important than furthering a kid’s education and maybe even helping them to get a higher grade?

I’ll tell you what’s more important: helping a kid get a DOG.

"Puppy Bull Terrier Birth from Egg" is the sort of thing youget when you search for "free dog pictures."
I can't explain it either.

A 12-year-old girl, one of our scrappy, funny library regulars, came up to the reference 
desk the other day with a “persuasive letter” that she had written to her parents and 
grandparents, outlining very logical and coherent reasons for them to allow her to get a 
dog. She asked me to look over the letter and judge its potential effectiveness. (She didn't have time for corrections, and she probably wouldn't have cared anyway.)

Before she took the letter back, I snapped a quick picture of it. It's a little blurry thanks to 
my useless cell phone camera, and some of the text got cut off, but I think you can see 
just how much pure, desperate emotion was put into it, along with the facts:

Please note her use of "fur fill" instead of "fulfill." Intentional or not, it's PURE GENIUS.

I really just love everything about this, and I told the girl so. Sure, there's some awkward sentence structure and a few spelling errors, but, hey, I'm not an English teacher anymore. As far as I'm concerned, she completed her task.

A+, kid. I hope you get your dog. 


  1. "Fur fill," tee hee. One of my library regulars is doing "how much does it cost to own a dog for a year" for her 5th grade math project. She swears she's doing it for the sake of me and a coworker (who already have dogs and known darn well how much it costs), but considering she's already begged her parents for a rabbit and a chinchilla this year, I have my suspicions...

  2. This is beautiful. Pretty sure if I gave this to my spouse he'd be totally cool with another puppy. Right? Yes, definitely.

  3. I wish a dog was a cheap companion. I guess it would be for the kid not buying the supplies & dealing with the vet bills. BUT all that being said, I was totally convinced to get her a dog!

  4. That is so adorable. I begged my parents for years to get me a dog. I finally got one when I was independent... and 22. Best present to myself EVER.

    I hope this girl is more successful.

  5. Wow, that kid is a planning MACHINE. I'm an adult and I wouldn't think to wonder what a can of dog food cost before I bought one. She definitely deserves a dog.

  6. I think that she really deserves to get a dog. I love dogs, and I actually have 3 dogs. 2 of them are shih tzu while the other one is Schnauzer. I love all of them. No more, no less. I always pamper them with the products from Pet Supplies Chicago. I am planning to get another Schnauzer or Siberian husky. However, the latter grows big, and I don't think I can still manage to take care all of them.