Negotiating with Cookies – Grinch

Fleegle nose bumps me in the leg at the park and asks, “Raud, are you a Grinch?”

“Why do you ask?’

“I overheard one of your friends call you that?”

I nod my head. “Well, they were right. I am a Grinch, completely unreformed.”

He tilts his head to the side. “What is a Grinch?”

“A Grinch is someone who has great difficulty getting into the Christmas spirit, or simply chooses not to bother.”

“Christmas spirit? Is that spirit as in like Buck the ghost dog who comes around to visit every now and then?”

“No, not like Buck the ghost. Christmas spirit is when you feel enthusiastic about doing a lot of gift shopping, competing for parking, maxing out your credit cards on things people will return or re-gift. Christmas spirit is being excited about family visits and having relatives stay with you who hog the remote.”

Fleegle tilts his head to the other side. “But I heard it had to do with the birth of some guy named Jesus who was born a long time ago.”

“Shush, don’t say that too loud or the pc police will snatch you up.”

“Why? He sounds like a pretty cool guy who could turn rocks into dog biscuits.”

“I know a few Labradors who don’t need Jesus for that.”


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One thought on “Negotiating with Cookies – Grinch

  1. I love Fleegle’s questions. His questions always make me think… Fleegle asks, “What is a Grinch?” For me personally, a Grinch is someone who abhors everything Christmas is not. Mankind has lost his way in the celebration of Christmas or Hannukah or whatever the case may be. In my mind, the day should be a day of simple gratitude for all that is good in one’s life undistracted by all the media, advertising and shopping hype. For me, it is just about giving thanks for all the simple things in one’s life that make us happy. Like our canine friends for instance who manage to keep us humans sane and grounded and remind us of what it means to be honest of intent and what real friendship is all about. To Fleegle and all the other Fleegles of this world, thank you to a man’s best friend.


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