One of the secrets of life

The little person returns to school on Monday so the last few days have been ‘a little tense’. I have never heard such moaning, groaning and complaining (except by me when I want to go out). It’s not because he dislikes school but because he has to complete all homework given to him when the summer recess began in June. Unfortunately for all of us the summer has passed very quickly and the imminent deadline has not especially inspired or motivated him, hence the tense situation in the house.

The tall person, De and me have all agreed that we will take turns sitting with him to give moral support, guidance, technical assistance (which mainly consisting of picking up the pen he seems to drop on the floor every two minutes) and, most importantly to stop him running off. Earlier this afternoon it was my turn to provide this much needed academic support. I call it guard duty. However, I am ashamed to admit that he tricked me. He said it was time for his ‘coffee break’ and he put his school books down and went to his bedroom and began playing a racing game on his computer.

A coffee break did seem plausible. The tall person is a big fan of them. But then it struck me. The little person doesn’t drink coffee and if he did this would be the longest coffee break in history. I had been duped! These little people are so devious. I began barking immediately and unfortunately for the little person De arrived before he could run back to the toy room and pretend to be working. Ha, now you are in trouble little person.

After some loud words from De he resumed his homework under her watchful eye.

I must say that De has been great. Her main ‘motivational’ technique consists of sitting at the little person’s side monitoring his painfully slow progress and glaring at him if he lifts his head up from his school books. It is quite an effective technique and she could probably make millions running motivation seminars.

I asked the tall person why people don’t always do things in good time. He said that there are a number of reasons. Sometimes other things must come first but sometimes people choose to put other things first. He said that it is very tempting to do only the things you enjoy and forget about the things you don’t enjoy but it’s not possible to completely forget and they will nibble away at your enjoyment until they receive attention.

So what is the answer tall person? He looked at me and smiled and after a few moments said, ‘one of the secrets of life Bassa is to learn to enjoy everything you do’.

Wow, I feel like I’ve been at school today.

Oh dear, I can hear the sounds of the racing game on the little person’s computer. There’s going to be trouble.

I have decided to keep out of the way until Monday morning when the school bus arrives.

I only have three supporters when I play with a ball

You may remember that the tall person and De took the little person to Mushtaidi Park on his birthday. Well, opposite the park is the Boris Paichadze National Stadium, also known as the Dinamo Stadium. It is the home stadium of FC Dinamo Tbilisi. The tall person took some photographs as he walked past. He told me that when the stadium was built in 1976, it had the third largest capacity in the Soviet Union. It can hold 78,000 supporters. Wow! All those people watching men chasing a ball. It must be very exciting. I only have three supporters when I play with a ball (you know who they are).

The tall person told me that there is a big sign outside the stadium that tells people what is not allowed inside. Apparently, you are not allowed to bring dynamite, knives, guns, alcohol and wine glasses.

Also, you can see from the sign that dogs on leads are not allowed in. I think this is a very enlightened attitude. It is clear that the stadium staff understand that dogs would not want to feel restricted by a lead when they are watching a football match. Because of this I was about to give the stadium my Bassa Friendly Award when the tall person said that I had misunderstood the sign – it meant that no dogs are allowed, on or off a lead. No Bassas allowed? Well, I take back all the nice things I said and will ask the tall person to write to the stadium and suggest that they change the dog symbol on their sign to avoid pointless queuing outside by dogs without leads that have no chance of getting in.