Not only that, but this is one area of life where we internally compare babies to pets. A proud owner of a new puppy may see an adorable baby and think, “Wow, that baby is cute! But Mister Hopscotch is even cuter.”
I must admit that I do this even with matters of intelligence and development. Here’s a close replication of a conversation with a coworker the other day. My coworker’s baby girl is 13 months old.
Me: Is she starting to talk yet?
Coworker: She’ll repeat words she hears, but that’s about it so far.
Me (secretly thinking “My Biddy is way ahead of her”): My Biddy is way ahead of her.
So here’s what I want to do: I want to have a March-Madness tournament of pets and babies. If the numbers align, it’ll be pets vs. babies, which would be awesome. I’ll post the single-elimination matchups throughout March, and winners will be determined by your votes on the blog.
The contest is open to everyone, but each person may only submit one photo. You must enter your own pet (so if your friend has the cutest dog in the world, get your friend to enter), your own baby, or yourself as a baby. That’s right. You can submit your own baby picture if you think you are cuter than your cutest child and/or pet.
Submissions are due this Sunday, March 6 at noon CST. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Let the games begin!