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She's Not So Far From Wrong

The other day Cora and I were in a public restroom – Cora sitting on the potty, me staring politely at the back wall. This is how we do it. A moment of silence, and then Cora said amiably, “You know, Mommy, Chiwallas are baby dogs.”

A Chiwalla, in case you wondered, is a Chihuahua. Sure, I could correct her, but who wants to? It’s so darn cute every time she says it.

“Some Chihuahuas are baby dogs, you’re right, honey. But some are grown-up dogs.”

“No, Mommy, a baby dog is called a Chiwalla.”

“Sorry, kiddo, that’s not right. A Chihuahua is a type of dog – like a Labrador, or a Dalmation. There are grown-up Chihuahuas and baby Chihuahuas. A baby dog is called a puppy, no matter what type of dog it is.”

Silence, as Cora struggles with her skirt. “Are you trying to say that some Chiwallas – the tiny dogs – are grown-ups?”

Relief. “Yes. Yes, I am.”

A hand comfortingly on my shoulder. “Oh, Mommy, you need to do some more reading. I hate to tell you, but it’s just not true.”

Cora goes to wash her hands and chortles to herself. “A Chiwalla that’s a grown-up dog! That’s a good one.” And she strides confidently out of the bathroom.

So confidently that I stand there a moment thinking, AM I wrong?

Oh, to have the ego of a child.


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