You wouldn’t believe this but I have a little friend. Not an imaginary friend like you may have had when you were in grade school but there’s an honest-to-goodness, real life kid that I like. Her name is Isabella but everyone calls her Bella and she’s 2 and ½. She’s my new BFF.
Just like I’ve never been that fond of dogs, I’ve been just as bad, if not worse with kids. I know they mean no harm but children don’t know how to caress me the way I like to be rubbed. Therefore, I’ve never had any use for them.
I’ll never forget my mommy having to rescue me at a kid’s birthday party when she found one child holding my leash while I dangled from it. I was still a puppy. Ever since then I’ve tried to avoid the little monsters.
But this Bella girl, my new BFF, is different. We’ve spent the better part of the last two weeks traveling together and what an adventure it’s been with our mommies’ combined three large suitcases and their several carry-ons, Bella’s pink carry-on, a stroller, car seat, 2 and ½ year old Bella, and me and my carrier. All that and the little red Mini-Cooper above! Oy vey!
Bella first saw me when I was about to go through security at JFK. She wasn’t yet my new BFF and was happy to ignore me. Boy, was I glad she did. She wasn’t crazy about dogs and in fact was a little scared of my kind. The feeling was mutual. But on the flight to Nice she watched me with a curious eye from across the aisle and asked, “Is Lucy sleeping?” After we checked into Byblos, our hotel in St. Tropez, our mommies got down on the carpet with us and slowly introduced us.
As each day passed, Bella and I grew more comfortable with one another. I can be a little greedy so having a 2 and 1/2 year old in my presence was a dream come true. I could always count on food to be on the ground with my new BFF around. Bella got used to me following her everywhere she went. She couldn’t shake me! By the fourth day she worked up the nerve to hold me at the beach and although I look a little uncomfortable in this photo, I liked being in her little arms.
I didn’t see Bella for a few days when I went to Monaco and I didn’t get to say goodbye to her because she was asleep when the driver dropped me off in Monte Carlo. I heard she woke up and asked about me. I had grown accustomed to hearing her little voice and now it was too quiet in our apartment in Monte Carlo. I was sad.
But a few days later there was again! I was so happy to see my new BFF waiting for me when I checked into Hotel Le Negresco in Nice. Reunited and it feels so good!
All of us went to Neptune beach club one day and ventured into the water. Bella’s mommy dipped Bella’s feet in the water and my mommy did the same to me.
I looked over at Bella and realized that kids are more like me than I thought. They’re not so bad after all.
Thanks Bella for transformation. My new BFF.