Lucinda hit the big 3 this week. I was out of town during her actual birthday, which was August 26th. But Lucy was kind enough to forgive me and agree to celebrate on the Saturday following instead. So we did.
She began her celebration by getting her nails done. This is something she does not actually enjoy, so I’d be wrong to call it a gift. But they needed to be done and the quick had grown a little too far into the nails for me to feel comfortable cutting them. So I took her to the pros.
She did better than ever, not even once crying out for me. I always have to move out of sight during the procedure or she’ll make a big scene. Or worse, use her mind control. But not this time. The nail docs told me she didn’t even resist. And I was listening just outside the door and never heard her, so I believe them.
“Good girl, Lucy,” I told her as we walked back to the truck. “Since you were so brave, would you like to hit the drive thru on the way home?”
That would only be right, came the response.
And so we went. With the windows halfway down, Lucy received compliments from both the fast-good money collector and the food presenter – at both drive thru windows.
On the way home, we shared some fries. She had a burger coming to her and knew it. But that would wait until we got home for two reasons. One, it would be her birthday burger and still needed candles. Two, Bella was getting one also for turning a year old in August (which exact day we’ll never know so she will simply celebrate on Lucy’s special day each year…Bear would want it that way).
Once we got home, Lucy sported her new nails and sat patiently alongside Bella. Pia ceremoniously lit their burger birthday cake candles, we all sang Happy Birthday, and walked outside to make the presentations.
Outside on the deck, Pia placed their plates in front of them. Bella attacked hers and it was gone in a flash. Lucy, never satisfied with doing anything the boring old normal way, turned her burger dining into an art form. She licked the top bun first, somehow causing the entire thing to fly into her mouth while the rest of the burger remained on the plate.
It gets even better.
Next, she used her big Leo tongue to lick the underside of the burger, causing just the lower bun to disappear into her mouth (I still don’t know how). Now only the patty remained on the plate. At this point I’m laughing and pointing at Lucy, asking Pia how in the world she did that. Pia smiled, I silently kicked myself for putting away my camera a few moments ago, then watched Lucy make short work of the patty.
Only Lucy can make a show out of having a hamburger. And the whole thing reminded me of the time Lucy and Bear made hot dogs together.
Happy birthday to Dragonslair’s Lovesong Melody’s P Litter, to Lucy, and to Bella.