Both my son Ranjan and my daughter in law Manjiree go out for appointments and to work on a regular basis. I am then left at home to be the caretaker which duty includes attending to phone calls, receiving couriered parcels, meeting proselytisers, canvassers and sundry visitors besides also as anchor for the two youngsters who may want to know something or the other about what is at home or happening at home.

The one duty that is quite pleasurable is the quiet company that I provide to our Chutki.  I dog sit her and she old man sits me.  She thinks that she is a human being when she is with Ranjan and Manjiree and she thinks that I am a dog when I am with her.


It is a greater pleasure still when I return from an outing.  The welcome I receive from her is like nothing on earth. I was reminded of this when I read this joke earlier this morning in a forward in WhatsApp. “Do you want to find out who loves you more – Your Dog or your Wife/Girlfriend? Do what I did… Lock both your dog and your wife in the trunk of your car for an hour and see who’s happy to see you when you open the trunk lid!”

I don’t have a wife or a girl friend. But I can tell the generator of that silly joke one thing. I will never, ever, for any reason lock my wife or a girl friend if I had one, or lock my dog in the trunk of my car. I don’t need to.  I know.

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