Well, he’s grown lean, tall and hairy. He is turning into a handsome young man, who prefers not to be called cute any more. This explains, in part, the decision to add something unambiguously cute to our life.
It was as if my wife and I were sharing the same primal, evolutionary urge. Human beings are hard-wired for adorableness, parents especially; otherwise what would prevent us from leaving the nest before our children themselves fly? What can I say? We needed a puppy.
So much so, in our neighborhood pet store, we were anything but attentive parents. We ignored Jonah’s objections and his unprecedented offer to tell us what happened in school that day if we just didn’t buy a dog. Even the clerk in the pet store sensed an unusual amount of family tension and suggested we take our time. “All sales are final,” she said. “You understand what that means, don’t you?”