They wait patiently for the toys.
Lucy doesn't seem to know what to do with this strange object. But Ellie is ready to dig in.
She carries it to a bed and searches for the weakest spot.
Here's how you do it, Lucy. You put it firmly under your paw and then you chew the dickens out of it.
Lucy looks perplexed as Ellie enjoys the toy. I just don't get it!
With Lucy's disinterest, Ellie takes both toys and alternates chewing between the two.
She's quick and the stuffing flies.
Ellie seems to be having so much fun that Lucy gives it another try.
I STILL don't get it! What's so fun about that?
Lucy did not understand the toy and did seem to like the way it felt in her mouth. She went on to other things and Ellie quickly tore the stuffing out of both toys. The process lasted only a few minutes but Ellie had great fun. All of us laughed at Ellie's determination and Lucy's confusion. It felt good to laugh after the snowstorm had stranded our daughter and she didn't make it home until after Christmas.
So...let's all start 2011 with laughter. Even Abraham Lincoln, troubled as he was, saw the value of laughter. He said, "With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die."
Our own lives are often filled with strain and even in the worst of times we need to laugh. When things get so complicated that we can't stand another stressful event, perhaps it would do us good to find some reason to laugh. I'll try very hard to do that this weekend as we face two major weather fronts that are predicted to dump us with yet more snow. Our record snows last winter are much in my thoughts so I am trying very hard to laugh.
I do have another favorite quote about laughter and I apologize that I do not know its author. The phrase has helped me a lot in some weird circumstances. Here it is:
"If you know you're going to laugh about it later, you might as well laugh about it now."
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!