1963-10-13 - The Dog Talk
Summary: There is finally a serious talk about the dog issue in the Carter-Sousa household
Related: Previous Mickey logs
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sousa mickey 


With a full belly and the lingering exhaustion, Peggy actually begged off for a nap shortly after dinner. She forgot how much she slept when she was expecting Mickey, but Daniel might not have. This is common for her. It does, however, give Daniel a prime time to sit and have that conversation with Mickey he's been planning. She's in the living room, lounging half upside down on the big couch, her legs thrown over the back of it, as she reads one of her big print books. Or half reads. All her body language screams that she's bored and trying to be quiet so mummy can sleep.

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Television is only allowed with one of her parents and Daniel is actually impressed that she hasn't started breaking that rule yet. He knows it's coming. After all, he was a kid too although his sisters tended to break the rules and he would follow along. That time will come soon enough with Mickey.

After finishing the dishes, Daniel makes his way to the Living Room to catch their daughter. He moves to the sofa to take a seat, "Is it better when you read it upside-down?" is asked with a grin. "Is that for school tomorrow?" Do they give kids her age homework yet?

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"No. I just thought I'd try something different. I read it already. I know it all. Maybe it'd be different that way. Shake my brains up." Mickey explains, quite matter of factly. She really is trying to be good, extra good, and has been since the conversations on vacation. Even if she's cranky about it, there is a part of her that is trying to show she's good enough for a dog and that part is overcoming her jealousy of another kid on the way. Or maybe she's still figuring out how she feels about it all.

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Sousa considers the answer and actually tries not to burst out laughing. He can't quite hide a smile though, and he turns to press a hand to cover his mouth until he can regain some composure. This kid! He clears his throat after a moment and gestures for her to sit up and join him sitting 'normally'. She can have his lap as well if she'd like. "So, we sort of sprung a surprise on you at the beach, huh? But you've been really good and you've been listening a lot. Your mother and I have noticed." He thinks a moment, "What do you think is involved in having a pet, Mickey? What do you think needs to be done in order to keep a pet healthy and happy?"

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The patting is enough to get her to upright with a tumble of messy black curls and one of her socks half off her foot. She just kicks it the rest of the way, leaving the other sock on like everything is totally normal because, in a child's world, it really still is. She then crawls up to curl against his side, not quite into his lap, but more so pressing against him as much as she can, so she can tuck under his arm and drown in daddy scent. It's a safe place. "…A… a pet? Not a baby? I mean… pets you have to feed, and walk, and play with… and clean up their poop. It's not that hard! I…guess babies are like that too."

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Sousa wraps an arm around Mickey when she curls up against his side, "You're right! Babies are like that too, but babies grow into kids. Pets are sort of like you have babies for a long time." There's another pause as he gently pushes some of those curls back from her face, "What happens if you get mad at the pet? Or at the baby?" Might as well put the two together for the moment. "Can you get rid of them? Can you stop feeding and walking and playing with them?"

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"…well… No. I mean, the baby, yes, because that's you and mum's job anyway. You decided to have one, YOUR responsibility. But…if I get a pet, no…'cause that's mine." Mickey really was astute, probably not something that should be a surprise, considering her parents, but she's had a good week and change to think about all this. Still, her responces have the cadence of logiced truth, not something she's just saying to make him happy.

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It really shouldn't come as a surprise, but sometimes Mickey's observations and wisdom does take Daniel by surprise. His eyebrows lift at the little girl's answer and he takes a moment to think about what question to ask next. "What happens when you're in school? Or if you're tired? What happens if the pet gets sick?" The baby can be left out of the conversation now since she seems to get the idea of having a sibling. Sort of.

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"…well… if I'm at school, the pet has to just hold it and wait, like I do at church. And if I'm tired… well, hopefully he's tired too, and we can both go to bed. Or you go pee before you sleep, like… everyone does that, pets too, I think. And if he gets sick, we find a doctor, right? Just like when I get sick." THis all seems to make perfect sense to Mickey. In fact, she's looking up at her father as if maybe HE'S stupid that HE doesn't know all this.

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