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A Chihuahua Named Ezra

Our new next-door-neighbor has a wonderful elderly Chihuahua named “Ezra,” and a delightful ten-month-old named Mary Grace.  It’s sad to admit, but my children are absolutely wild over the dog and a big tepid toward the baby since she can’t walk yet and just gently waves and drools.

The children are all like, “Here Ezra!  Come get a treat!  It’s my turn to see Ezra!  See how Ezra loves me better!  Isn’t Ezra the cutest dog you’ve ever seen besides our Sophie? Come over here Ezra and see the bug house I just built,” and similar dog-focused prattle.

Never mind the cherubic baby gurgling pleasantly in the neighbor’s arms…

I figured Mary Grace was about the right age for Little People, though, and casually asked the neighbor if she had any of those grand toys yet, since her baby is an only child and probably had no cast-offs from anyone else.  My neighbor was naturally thrilled at the prospect of one day owning a veritable menagerie of Little People zoos, villages, farms, train tracks, family homes, etc.

(Wait’ll she starts vacuuming them up, or Ezra chews on them creating sharp pointy spikers or they get inadvertently placed in the dishwasher where they fall below near the coils and melt, filling her kitchen with that pleasant burnt plastic smell.)

With all of their canine-focused activity I never dreamed that my children heard me offer the Little People toys to our neighbor.  I was curious, however, the next day when Sue had pulled out the before-ignored bins of Little People regalia and peppered her room with animals and people.

“My you’ve got so much going on here!” I exclaimed upon seeing her room.

“Yes, Mama, see I do still play with these toys.  I love them, and that baby next door will probably choke on the small parts.”

So lo and behold am I floored today when the boys begin racing the Little People school bus up home-made ramps…for like an hour!

Maybe I should offer their Latin books and handwriting practice tablets to the baby, too?

Posted on 16 June '10 by , under Humor/Disconnected Miscellany.

10 Comments to “A Chihuahua Named Ezra”

#1 Posted by Natalie (16.06.10 at 13:37 )

That is too funny. Hannah does the same thing. I cleared out a bunch of old toys that she hadn’t played with for almost a year the other day to take to the second hand store to try to sell. They were closed when I got there so I had to haul the whole lot back to the house. When Hannah saw the huge box of stuff, she immediately began playing with those toys exclusively for days. If I’d offered her those toys two weeks ago she would have looked at me like I was crazy trying to get her to play with “baby” toys! Kids sure are something else aren’t they?


#2 Posted by Jen (16.06.10 at 14:21 )

Great action shot:D My son was like that too, never looked at things until I went to give them to someone else and all of a sudden LOVED them, only to forget again a few days later!! Jen.
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#3 Posted by Florence (16.06.10 at 19:11 )

LOL! I can so relate. The toys that I put away in a box inside the closet to give away are the ones that gets played with the most.

Yes, go ahead and offer the Latin books and handwriting practice tablets, 😉

#4 Posted by Paula@One Mom's Corner of the World (17.06.10 at 10:40 )

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#5 Posted by the domestic fringe (17.06.10 at 15:24 )

This is so funny. Every bit of it is so realistic! My kids would be the same exact way.

#6 Posted by Patty (19.06.10 at 19:27 )

Isn’t that the way it always goes? I took a whole bunch of baby toys and put them aside so I could donate them and my kids found them. Now they are waving rattles in the air and putting rings on cones. Drives me nuts.
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#7 Posted by mrsbear (20.06.10 at 23:21 )

I actually just got rid of our Little People town, complete with rotating street and a police and fire department. I wasn’t sad to see it go. Although it seems like your Little People lead some pretty dangerous Little Lives. I have yet to melt any in the dishwasher. Now, I’ll never have the chance. 😉
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#8 Posted by Casdok (26.06.10 at 10:47 )

Typical! 🙂
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#9 Posted by Elle (02.07.10 at 00:11 )

Ezra? Who names their Chihuahua Ezra?

My kids do the same thing if they think I might actually throw/give/sell one of their precious toys.
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