January 15 /10
Temperatures around here have been dipping to a teeth-chattering -20° C. And you know what that means? It means that I practically have to beg to go outside, especially when I'd just been out an hour earlier.
Well, the other night I had a playdate with my friend Oakley. He's 11 and he's got lots of experience
manipulating convincing his parents to do things they don't want to do. We wanted to go for a walk but my parents just moaned and groaned and sat there in a stupor.
But Oakley taught me a new trick: how to make The Take-Me-Out Face that's earned him zillions of walks his parents didn't want to go on.
"Observe," Oakley said. And he proceeded to give my parents the saddest look I have ever seen. I almost took him out myself, that's how sad he looked. I watched and waited ....
Grasshopper ... ?? ... Anyway, I was sceptical. It was a great face and it might have gotten me out for a walk in the spring and fall, and definitely in the summer, but never late at night in the dead of a freezing cold winter.
Then Oakley told me to make the face all by myself. I gave it my best shot.
Well, I just wasn't prepared for what I heard next. A whole bunch of "aaawwws" - big ones, little ones, loud ones, quiet ones. Then to my complete amazement, Mama and Papa rose from their chairs and headed for the coat rack.
Oh. My. God!!
Did I master the Take Me Out Face or what?