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A new puppy?

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My daughter Kaci really wants a pug. She is convinced somehow she is going to get one for her birthday or Christmas.

I know this, but it’s not something I think about every day. We have a lab already, and he’s a handful. 

So, this weekend while I was working at the newspaper to catch up on some tasks, Kaci passed by her daddy’s home computer (he works at The Oklahoman, too) and she saw an e-mail exchange between us.

In the subject line, my husband had typed: “bring home a bulldog”

My reply was ”Yes-sir.”

Kaci was ecstatic! Momma was bringing home her pug!

But sometimes children misunderstand what seems obvious to adults.

If you’ve ever been around a newspaper and heard the lingo, you would know a “bulldog” at The Oklahoman is an early edition of the Sunday paper that customers can buy on Saturdays. Some readers like to read the stories or clip their coupons and see the ads early. My husband wanted to preview his Outdoors page.

But Kaci knew she was getting a puppy.

Alas, when I came home empty-handed, Kaci was disappointed.

It reminded me of when I was little and I had spyed a camera box in the top of my mom’s closet. I just knew I was getting a camera for Christmas.

The gifts were opened, and no camera!

My mom then explained the box was from her old camera.

Yes, I was disappointed, too. … Almost 40 years later, like mother, like daughter.

–Linda Lynn

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Linda Lynn

Linda Lynn was born and raised in rural Oklahoma. A graduate of Purcell High School, Lynn began working at The Oklahoman in 1987 as a reporter after earning a journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma. She has served as both a... Read more ›