Kids or Canines Out of Context
Therefore, when youâ€™re known as your dogâ€™s family, it doesnâ€™t seem like too much of a leap.
On Columbus Day, our family was out and about, strolling with Misha and Grisha, our two Scotties.Â They were revelling in our multi-cultural family, and the fact that Benedetto came from an Italian family, as did Cristoforo Colombo (Christopher Columbus), not to mention Giovanni Cabotto (John Cabot), another 15th century navigator and explorer. Hailing from a Russian-American-Italian family, the little guysâ€™ ears are always open to other languages.
At least this is what they tell me when we snuggle on the couch at night.
So we were walking along, the girls taking charge of the two Scotties, while the boys discussed weighty international events, such as why one boyâ€™s tennis shoes wear out after a month of very little physical activity, while the other more athletic brother keeps his in good shape for four to six months of very heavy athletic use.
It was then that Misha and Grisha were seen winking from under their bushy eyebrows at some pretty pedestrians of the Russian persuasion.Â Within no time, the ladies bent down asking the dogsâ€™ type of breed and names.
â€œMisha ee Grisha,â€ Sashenka replied.
â€œKak?â€ the first lady wondered if she heard correctly.
â€œYevoh zavut Misha, ah yevoh zavut Grisha,â€ Mashenka reinforced in Russian without missing a beat.
The two ladies blinked, their male companions smiling, standing nearby, and comprehending so much more from afar.Â They knelt down to pet the delightful doggies, still wondering if they had heard correctly.Â It was so out of context to glimpse two Scotties with Russian names, on an American holiday dedicated to an Italian explorer, with two attractive American teen girls conversing in Russian.
â€œNo, theyâ€™re not afraid, they love the attention,â€ I laughed in Russian.
â€œThey see the other dogs and become too excited,â€ Sashenka continued.
â€œOhn starsheh?â€ the second woman asked if Misha was the oldest.
â€œDah,â€ we acknowledged as children gathered to see if they could pet them, too.
â€œAll the best,â€ we wished the Russians as they went their way, still mesmerized by the encounter.
A shopkeeper emerged out of a shop and asked us if we knew where a couple of women with another cute dog could eat nearby.Â In this context, we were pegged as the local Tourist-with-Dog Welcome Center.
We immediately mentioned a bakery that would probably allow dogs to dine at some of their picturesque, outdoor tables.Â For some odd reason, we knew that they had doggy biscuits for free by their front doorâ€¦.
I wondered how many onlookers develop their own story about us (and vice-versa-!) when they see us, our children, or our fur-children.Â For instance, we have Scottish Terriers, but we speak Russianâ€”shouldnâ€™t we have Russian Wolfhounds?Â
Our children are also all-American, but can mix and mingle with those from many backgrounds and languages.Â Does that mean that theyâ€™re not fully American?
Context can be confusing, but as long as we remain open and friendly to those around us, lovely interactions are ours for the asking, or the wagging.
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