Mitzi's real name is Maisy. She is a rescue dog, mainly Schnauzer, living in the Crocker Amazon with a very kind woman who my sons call Aunt JJ. Aunt JJ looks a lot like Mitzi Gaynor. She also has a rescue dog name Murphy and a rescue cat named Mopsy.
Mitzi, the dog that is, likes to sleep in the window.
My boys go to two different schools now, at opposite ends of San Francisco, and so the drive home in our little Prius is spent with the boys trying to convince me that I like hip-hop and me trying to convince them that they like National Public Radio. But we always drive west on Baltimore Street, two blocks out of the way and play the game, "Is Mitzi in the window?"
This is a very simple game: guess whether she is in or out of Aunt JJ's window.
Aidan always guesses "in." Zane always guesses "out." My husband always says, "I am waiting to be inspired." And then, just before we turn the final corner, he says "out."