Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Show and Tell

Wednesday was the day that all of us first graders would bring in our items to show and tell but just like most wonderful things these days, there was a catch. No, no, no, we didn’t have to pay taxes or extra money or even submit an application or something like that, we had to bring a current event to share with the class. Now being in the first grade, I highly doubt our teacher would expect us to bring news of the progression and development of third world countries, but rather smaller things, things that were rather insignificant, things that I can’t even remember at the moment…anyway. When I look back I can think of a few things I had brought, like some sea shells and a blanket but when I think about what I would bring today I think it would have to be a picture of my first dog, Chipper.

Chipper was the first dog I ever owned. He was a birthday present to me on that wonderful day of turning six and I got to pick him out. It was either the noisy cocker spaniel or the cute, long haired fluff ball of love. I picked the latter. Chip was a Lhasa Apso, you know, the lion dogs of Tibet. He was also the best friend I had. You see, having a father in the navy requires you to travel a lot, and I did, leaving friends and being forced to make new ones, but wherever I moved I knew that Chipper would always be there, right at my side. Sure there were a few instances when we got in an argument, but most friends did and we soon got over it and back to loving each other.

A few things made him quite unique and special to me. One was that he had this under-bite and it was the coolest thing ever. He looked kind of like a happy little bulldog in a sense, except not as ugly. Another thing that I always thought was funny was that he never learned any tricks no matter how hard my dad tried to train him, he was his own person…or rather dog if you would say so. Chipper also was one of the best play pals because no matter how rough and into playing he was, the simple word of “gentle” and he wouldn’t even think about using his teeth anymore, and would start licking you.

Sadly a few years ago Chipper past away. He was hit by a car when my uncle was dog sitting him. The people didn’t even stop, instead the person across the street found him and brought him over to my uncles. It was said that he never suffered. That was nice to know but that doesn’t stop me from grieving his death even to this day. After all, we had spent twelve years or so together, he was my best friend, and he always will be.

So that is what I would bring, a wonderful picture of the most loyal dog I know. As for a current event I would probably bring an article about gay and lesbian marriages, and the conflict of. I don’t like talking about the war in Iraq that much, it’s a very touchy subject. I hope that this has taught you a little more about myself and my past. Here ends my show and tell.


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