recent vignettes from the life of Chalo and Priya:
Last night I couldn’t find Chalo, and then I did find him. Standing by a wall, gingerly licking the tapestry hanging from it.
Priya’s whirligig tail is nearly prehensile in its utility, and works beautifully as a built-in long line holder. Just hook the line into the tail, and it never gets tangled in her legs.
Chalo goes all wide-eyed with desire for injera.
During a recent tornado warning (yes, in March! wild), we hustled into a dark closet in the middle of the house. Both dogs considered it a wonderful party. All 50 lbs of Chalo curled up in my lap and fell asleep, while Priya leaned against me and batted her eyelashes against my forehead in the darkness. It was like a meditative field trip.
I'm the anon who asked about dogs eating non-food. I didn't think about it from the dogs brain. I had to babysit the Daschund for a little and was annoyed by how many special rules there were (dog gets nervous when they're alone and I guess that's why they ate stuff?) Now that I've read your blog and other posts about dog behavior, I feel like I have more sympathy for the Daschund. If they don't learn the same as humans, then they need help that fits them and how they learn. Thanks for the info!
You’re welcome, and that’s exactly the point I hoped to get across.
Dogs are not little humans, no matter how much we anthropomorphize them. They don’t see the world the same way that we do, and it’s up to us to understand their world rather than expect them to understand us.
Okay, last thing well not really but for now it is. I’ve
seen many posts, well quite a few, about what the sequel needs. We’ve got a
year left and honestly there’s so much that could possibly happen (plus if I
remember correctly, the next book is coming out too). And while I agree that
Disney should try and actually have a canon
queer couple and not pull any tricks or other small random things like the
need for Cameron and Booboo to actually
sing or to bring in the other children from the Isle. Or most importantly,
just more character development for practically everyone because all of these children need it. I feel like the
most important thing that needs to happen, whether in the next book, in the
Wicked World shorts (though I highly doubt it) or even in the sequel, are
apologies. Because everyone has been wronged in some shape way or form, and no one should be getting away with it.
The obvious first one is King Adam/Beast
apologizing to Mal, Jay, Evie and Carlos or just other future children of the
Isle that come to Auradon. I talked about this before (though untagged to avoid
any drama really), and I agree with the fandom, to a degree. What Adam did was
wrong, no doubt about it. He’s made a pretty shitty decision and even if he had
some good intentions (I really wished he talked this out more with someone), he
just…messed up. But it wasn’t like he could just, take the children of the
villains away from their parents. Whatever legal system this world has, I highly
doubt they’d do that. But subjecting not only the parents but the children into
unhealthy living conditions, all because you wanted to keep your enemies in one
place. He’s partially responsible for how ‘corrupt’ (and I use this term
loosely) the children are. The parents are still mostly the blame because,
well, they’re villains, and they go on and on about how a villain should act.
Though Ben is crowned king, I’m not even sure when he’s actually going to take the throne officially. So until
then, Beast has got a lot of making
up to do.
Piggbacking off of that about Ben, let’s talk
about the second apology that needs to happen; Mal and Ben need to apologize to
Audrey for publicly humiliating her in front of the ENTIRE school (and another
school too considering it was a tourney game) because of Ben serenading Mal.
And yes, I know this was under the effect of the love-spell, but there still
should’ve been a lick of common sense to not sing to another girl when you’re
dating someone else. And even after the spell was worn off of him, he still
could’ve apologized to Audrey, even privately. And Mal in general, because
those two have a deep history, and
honestly it’s just like being slapped in the face when you’re being wronged by
the child of the woman that wronged your entire family. And that little bow
near the end of the movie does not
cut it. There’s another issue I have about that mistreatment to Audrey but I’ll
leave that for another time. And yeah, Ben didn’t really seem interested in
being with Audrey, but it’s still a douche move to kind of do that (and Ben is
a sweet child, but my son no).
I want Audrey and Mal to apologize for Ben to
using him to his advantage. If you watched Auradon Secrets (and if I remember
correctly), Audrey dated Ben mostly because of appearance sake. She was mostly
concerned about her little popular world. I think that at some point, she
probably did fall for Ben (and honestly she probably was heartbroken about what
happened, in regards to the previous point. But I will also defend my pretty
pink princess). And we all know the reason for Mal. I don’t really remember if
she really apologized, but I feel like an apology should happen and it shouldn’t
be swept under the rug because ‘he makes you happy’. Ben deserves better than
Jay, Evie, and Carlos also need to apologize to
Audrey for following along with Mal. Yes, they were going along with the plan,
yes it’s what they know, but they need to apologize.
I would really love for Jane to apologize to the
rotten/core four for basically just, being a bit of a hypocrite. Though I see
her as following the crowd, because it’s high school so follow the cliché social
pyramid, and she’s impressionable/low self-esteem, she was wrong too. She
shouldn’t have been all ‘buddy buddy’ with Mal because she changed her style
(even though Mal was using her too at one point) and then just turn on her the
next. I think the popularity did get to her head, and she was slightly punished
for it by Mal. I still feel like somewhere she’s guilty because she did a dumb,
and she just needs to apologize, to at least start to make things right.
I want Lonnie and Doug to apologize for kinda
just, bailing out on the rotten/core four after the events of the parents’ day
scene. These were the two kids that seemed to have more faith in the children
of the villains than everyone else (besides Ben but he’s obvious). And yeah
Doug kinda did attempt, but he got called back by Chad. I mean, it was kind of
an ‘us vs. them’ thing, but again, you can’t just sweep this under the rug by
dancing with Evie in the last song.
I want Chad and Audrey to apologize for not
having enough faith in Ben about trusting the four. Now Audrey, I understand
why she wouldn’t really trust them (or at least Mal mostly), but not much for
Chad. Then again, there is still the whole ‘they’re bad news, can’t trust them’,
and whatever else they were told about the children of the villains. But
honestly, if they were Ben’s friends (and I use that lightly too), they should’ve
had just a bit more faith in him.
I want Chad to apologize for all four in
general, but mostly to Evie. He used her and that was wrong, and to call her a ‘gold
digger’, like no that’s messed up. Again, I still want Chad to apologize to all
four (though he hasn’t been super rude to Carlos, so praise for that), but it
runs deeper with Evie in my opinion.
And finally, and this is also for the sake of @geniiied, I would like Jay to apologize to Jordan and Mal about the lamp
thing. Though it may have been because of his kleptomania (something that I see
him struggling to work on), I feel like an apology is in order for 1) framing
your best friend in a theft you did and 2) stealing someone’s home.
I know that even with these apologies, there’ll be people in
this fandom that won’t change their opinions about characters (like Jane and
Chad for example), and I get that. All of these kids did something wrong,
whether it was big or small, and it shouldn’t be swept under the rug or just
played off as a ‘oh that was because you were evil but now you’re good so it’s
all good’. Taking responsibility is just the first step of growing up, and it’s
just really important for everyone.
And even if all of these apologies aren’t met (which will be
a bummer) as long as some of them are
handled, I would appreciate that more than anything else in the world.
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I just started to reread Terrier and one of the first paragraphs of the book is written by Eleni Cooper, and reads:
“I want him to rise in the world. We are poor now, but I pray we will not always be so. And I cannot afford a better place to live. My family will not have me back, not after our last meeting. So I am left here, trying to raise a lad who sees and hears and thinks too much, in the city’s worst slum.”
And I just have so many emotions about this. Because here’s Eleni as a young woman, alone in the world except for her six-year-old son who just got arrested for the first time, and she’s terrified. She’s terrified that he won’t ever get the chance to live up to the potential that she knows is in there. She’s terrified that she won’t be able to keep him safe. She’s terrified that they’ll never get out.
Her family won’t take them. She knows she has to make a life for herself. It’s up to her to keep her son safe, and she doesn’t know how she can do that. She has no fall-back system. She just wants to give her son the life she knows he deserves. The life that they deserve. She prays that they won’t always be so alone in the world.
And it’s just amazing to think that, in a little over ten years, a lass masquerading as a boy will tumble into their lives, and they will already be not just living, but thriving.
George at that point has, of course, already risen as high as he is able to go in the slums. He is living as the king of the Tortallan underground, and is helping to give his mother the life he knows that she always longed to give him.
And while yes, it’s Alanna, a tiny, red-headed and violet-eyed girl with her mind set on rising above the expectations set for her, who will change their lives forever, and it’s Alanna’s friendship that leads George to Jon, and Jon who helps George to leave the Rogue and become a baron, Alanna’s foster-father who marries Eleni, giving her the life she never dreamed she could have, but that she absolutely deserves. But they were thriving without her.
Eleni did everything in her power to give her son the life that he deserved. George did everything in his power to give her the life that she deserved. Together, they were no longer a scared, lonely single-mother and her young son. They were a powerful healing woman who knew what she was doing, and where she stood in life, and the most powerful man in the Tortallan underground. They didn’t really need Alanna to come into their lives, for they were able to reach success on their own.
It makes me so happy that they didn’t need Alanna’s help. That while yes, she did come into their lives and change things and gave them opportunities that they would never have reached without her, they were doing just fine– no, more than fine– on their own. Their succcess was theirs, and theirs alone. Alanna gave them opportunities, but they would still have been thriving without those opportunities. Of course, they’re happy with the fact that Alanna and Myles and Jon and everyone ended up in their lives, but something tells me that they would have done just fine had George not seen Alanna enter the city as a wide-eyed eleven-year-old kid.
Life was tough for Eleni and George Cooper, a single-mother and young son left to fend for themselves in the worst slum of all of Corus. But they rose above, and they were able to thrive. Oh, did they thrive. They deserve everything and more that they gained in life. They’re honestly some of the most inspiring characters in the entire series. Few things make me happier than the happiness in life that Eleni and Geoge Cooper were able to receive.