Friday, June 06, 2008


Category: Issue 11

Once upon a time, there was ME.  However, it didn’t know that, at the time.  Things seemed nice, though, and nothing was too scary.  Sometimes you could get into Difficulties, for Doing Things Wrong.  Eventually, after awhile, it, ME, figured out not to do certain things or there would be trouble. 

Almost immediately, as soon as it knew anything (and before it even knew it was Me) it started to like animals.  Animals had a sense of humour and didn’t seem to care too much about most of the stuff that it, ME, I, could get in trouble for.  This person that was ME, who had not quite recognized itself yet, got along alright with the dog.  The moment that it recognized itself as MYself, it was, in fact, talking to a dog.

“It’s MINE.”  (I don’t remember saying this, but the dog would, if he were still alive.)  This was about some object, perhaps a ball. 

“OK sure,” said Patch, the German Shepherd.  “Go ahead and have it, then.” 


There was a moment there when something was given, which could not be given unless there were two of us. 

How I realized that there were more than one of us, how I realized that I was even there in the world.  ME.  Because a dog, holding a ball in his mouth, might drop it before ME,  like a patient uncle, and wait for ME to see. 

Somehow by sheer luck I have been blessed with the experience of puppyhood. 

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  • The idea and execution are wonderful.  It took a couple of times before it really sank in.  Correct me if I’m wrong:  I see it as a short, cute story that conveys one of the biggest developmental milestones in each of our lives—individuality.  I love the approach and uniqueness of the writing.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  06/06  at  02:57 PM
  • hmm.. seems to me the identity theory… The inner ‘ME’becomes the social or active ‘I’
    interesting to know this socialization starts with a puppy!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  07/04  at  06:36 AM
  • Objective realization of the outside world, recognizing the id has a wholly different view of existence before the realization that there’s a society. Ah, those were the days…

    Good job.

    Want some work?

    Posted by deminizer  on  07/04  at  03:33 PM
  • “Want some work?”

    I’m still waiting for instructions as to exactly what to work at! 


    Posted by julianyway  on  07/05  at  04:47 AM
  • Gotcha Julia, I just got your e-mail forwarded from Dave, didn’t get the first one, I’m going to have you work on page 50-75 of the Alien book.


    Posted by deminizer  on  07/06  at  02:43 PM
  • Oh gawd, I’ve missed the Alien book I guess. 

    I am still trying to figure out how to post here at all.  I have back from where I was, and now I feel alienated.  Does this help?

    Posted by julianyway  on  09/05  at  01:07 AM
  • Dogs usually respond to who is caring for them. To a dog, the one who walks them, feeds them and plays with them, must be the master. If you have relagated this to your Mom, your dogs allegiance is to her. In order to win your dogs heart back, you must put in QUALITY TIME. Try taking your dog for nice long walks, no yelling at it, no being mean to your dog or he will become even more attached to your Mum.
    Animal Layouts

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  12/03  at  03:26 AM
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