One of the great privileges of being a mother is getting this little Peppers out of his bed in the morning and after naps. He gets so inordinately gleeful! He laughs, he squeals, he tries to hide from you in his crib, he jumps up and down, he dances back and forth, and above all he grins at you as though he’s been wanting to see you for an age and you are the only person he will ever love.
Every babysitter or family member who gets this boy up from a nap has the same delightful experience.
“He’s so excited to see me! He really adores me. I must be a wonderful person. He’s right: I am a totally awesome person.”
This is why dog people love dogs, right? They crave that end of the day greeting full of seam-splitting excitement and worshipful approbation.
Oh, Peppers, you’re such a sweet little puppy.