Tuesday, December 09, 2008
In which I reveal that I am not as clever as I like to think.
My brother Jon and his new wife are living in my parents' basement apartment for the time being. Rachael is an animal lover, so one of the first things they did was buy a new puppy (to go with Rachael's sugar glider). He is an absolutely adorable little english bulldog named Duke.
Duke is a typical puppy, always getting into a little trouble by chewing on things he shouldn't. Sophie was absolutely delighted by him and ignored everyone else from the moment she discovered his existence. A dog just her size (who could still knock her down!), and much more eager to play with her than old lady Daisy, anyway.
Speaking of Daisy, she barely tolerates Duke intruding upon her territory. It's a good thing he lives in the basement, because every time he comes upstairs all he does is nip her ears and try to wrestle with her. And Daisy just barks really loud until someone gets rid of the nuisance. You can't blame her, she's elderly and arthritic and easily annoyed, especially by Duke.
Sometime during our stay up north, somebody mentioned how funny it was that they should have two dogs in the house called Duke and Daisy. Even funnier was the fact that we once had two cats named Princess and Buttercup. I mused upon this comment quite a bit, and couldn't understand why everyone was so enamored with this detail. Duke and Princess are the names of nobility and Daisy and Buttercup are flowers. That was the only connection I could come up with, and somehow I didn't really think it was all that incredible, as both royalty and flora are rather commonly used in the naming of animals.
A few days later, Duke was bugging Daisy in his normal manner, and my brother yelled, "Daisy! Duke!" and the light went on in my brain. Daisy. Duke. Daisy Duke! So that's what was so wonderful about the darn dog names. I excuse myself just a tiny bit, as I haven't seen the Dukes of Hazzard in more than a decade, I'm quite positive. I do understand the to-do about the cat names, and always have (Princess Buttercup--a character in the Princess Bride), but I just couldn't see how they related to Duke and Daisy.
So you see, my cleverness isn't as sharp as it once was. Or, perhaps it never was so sharp, and I'm just now realizing it.
I prefer to think I'm just out of practice.