^ Knowing about the Thomas-Brewer history with pets (in the fact that they eventually adopt Scout and get Pumpkin, the cat, for example) I'm surprised that Sonny wasn't considered as an actual pet for any of the BSC members, especially Kristy's family.
Well, they didn't actually adopt Scout, they just had her temporarily. She wasn't their pet; they were socializing a future guide dog. And I haven't read Karen's Black Cat, but didn't they get Pumpkin right before Boo-Boo died? It seems pretty likely that Watson figured that was coming and wasn't expecting to have two cats around for very long.
Then again, he did buy Karen a freakin' pony.
"I'm tired of being a lovely lady. From now on I'm going to be a cat." ~ Melody Korman
Listen-through Progress: #35 Stacey and the Mystery of Stoneybrook (June 1990)
Post by oldhickory on Mar 11, 2013 14:07:19 GMT -5
my sister's dog passed away a few years ago, and she told me that having oscar around was the one thing that helped her the most. i haven't read the book(s) that cover boo-boo's death or pumpkin's introduction, but as old as boo-boo was, surely the adults knew he wasn't going to be around forever. maybe they got pumpkin in order to distract the kids and preemptively filled the cat-void.
Post by sparklymouse on Mar 11, 2013 19:09:26 GMT -5
I agree that it's harder to lose a pet if it is an "only child" than if you have others to keep going with. (However, it's hard on the live pets who can't figure out where their roommate went to. ) I also think that having multiple cats isn't generally any more work than having one, where as multiple dogs does take more effort than one. Meaning, I think getting Pumpkin was somewhat like buying a third fish for the aquarium. They kinda noticed he (was it a boy?) was there, but he didn't disrupt anything.
Post by mallorypike on Nov 30, 2013 22:36:30 GMT -5
NY, NY! is one of my favorite SS books (next to Babysitters on Board, Babysitters' Summer Vacation, and Babysitters' Winter Vacation). Like most SS books, it is pretty unrealistic. But that's why I like it.;D
I always wondered how Jessi and Mal were allowed to go to NYC for two weeks. They weren't allowed to go in Stacey's Emergency and Stacey's Mistake, weren't they? Oh, well, it doesn't matter. I just always wondered that, that's all. ;D
My favorite chapters are Claudia/Mallory (I agree Claud was being a b*tch on Mallory even though I don't blame her because she wasn't good at anything else), Kristy (it was so cute that she fell in love with the dog and so funny that Laine thought they were hiding the dog from her mom, not the guard!), and Jessi (yes, it's totally unrealistic for an 11 year old to have a boyfriend who tipped her chin and kissed her gently but I always thought their relationship was cute). My least favorite chapters were Dawn (she always annoyed me when she was so scared of the city...Los Angeles was just as dangerous as NYC, if not more!) and Stacey/Mary Anne (somebody is ALWAYS babysitting on vacation...lame! Also the babysitting subplot was lame it self).
I wondered why Mr. and Mrs. Harrison didn't tell Stacey and Mary Anne that the kids had a bodyguard. That would have been much easier. I guess it was supposed to make the story exciting or something. It would have been cool if someone was actually spying on them, like a secret spy agent or something. And the kids would be, like, "Cool!" and the spy agent would invite them to be in a secret spy agency. The kids would beg Stacey and MA to join and they would be against it. Then they would give in so the four of them would join the secret spy agency. That would be awesome IMO. But that didn't happen ;D. Ah, well, that's an OK ;D.
Claudia was a complete b*tch when Mallory was complimented by the art teacher (I forgot his name but I remember Claudia referring to him as HIM. Was his first name Max or Michael or something? I really gotta reread...)and Claudia was not. I thought it was sweet that Mallory wasn't mad at Claudia for being jealous at her. I remember her feeling sort of sorry for Claudia. She was like,"I wish the art teacher would at least say one nice thing to Claudia so that she wouldn't be jealous." But it sort of annoyed me when Claudia realizes the teacher was being hard on her because she was so talented, she all of a sudden started being nice to Mal again. I always thought Mal's field mice drawings were adorable
I was eleven years old when I first read this SS. Jessi was my favorite character back then (my favorite babysitter changed all the time) and she was, like, my role model (I remember begging my parents to let me babysit my siblings for the weekend and they were like,"No way. You are not old enough to babysit them for ten minutes. You still need a babysitter." And I was like,"But Jessi Ramsey got to babysit her siblings for an entire weekend!"). When Jessi got her first kiss, I vowed myself to get my first kiss before my twelfth birthday. It was too bad I was a dork...
I remember when I was in middle school, I was hiking in the woods and I found a puppy. It was during the winter so I thought the puppy might die in the cold. I took it home and showed the puppy to my parents. I begged them to keep it but they said no like Kristy's parents. I knew they were going to say no, anyway. I tried to make a compromise by taking care of the puppy until we find a new home for it. After three days of begging them, they finally agreed. After a couple of a weeks, we found the puppy a new home. I was sad to part with it but I was also happy that it had a new home. I found SEVERAL dogs in the streets and the woods and always wanted to keep it. Of course, we never got to keep one of them.
~The Babysitters Club. I'm proud to say it was totally my idea, even though the four of us worked it out together~Kristy's Great Idea
I think the field mice sounded really cute though, and maybe Mallory was allowed this time cause she wanted to take the art classes with Claudia. I know Jessi was allowed again later in Jessi and the Jewel Thieves to see Quint though that was the most unrealistic story ever, still fun.
Post by wenonah4th on Jul 12, 2014 10:48:08 GMT -5
I know what Mal meant about calling adults by their first names. I was NOT allowed to until I graduated from high school. In fact, though my mom doesn't remember it, she went through the roof when a friend of hers invited me to call her "Nancy" when I was 15. (To give you a perspective, we were so close witht hat couple that my youngest son bears her husband's name as his middle name.)
Ha ha, my parents were also really strict about that. There were several kids my age in our neighborhood, and several of the moms asked that we call them Ms. Vicki or Ms. Kathy, as opposed to calling them Mrs. Smith or Mrs. Jones. My parents got mad at me when I followed the instructions and made me stop calling them that, even though it was what the moms requested! Yet another thing to make me be the weird kid, since I was the only one who used their last names.
"This is what us sitters like about Mallory. She is totally levelheaded." - Claudia, Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye
^ I have heard that Quakers saw all people as equals (I'm not sure what they though about Jesus) and that's why "you" is used now instead of "thou" (because no one wanted to be accused of being a Quaker, people started using "you" in every situation).
At least in unprogrammed FGC Quakerism, which is the one I was raised in, basically, by virtue of being educated entirely by Friends until college and being a part of the Quaker community, you don't worship Jesus as much as you try to emulate his values. Emphasis is placed on living life according to Quaker testimonies and a personal relationship with God (but there are nontheist friends as well). In our religious education, we talked a lot about Quaker values and principles and receiving messages from God. They don't really talk about being saved; it's more about living a life that affirms the principles Jesus set out in the New Testament. Things like being a pacifist and caring for the environment and helping others play a more important role. Also, Quakers don't take oaths or pledge the flag because your only allegiance should be to God.
So in terms of Jesus, if you see Jesus as a part of God, then obviously he would be elevated because it's only God that can be. But unprogrammed Quakerism is open-ended, apart from the testimonies outlined in your yearly meeting's Faith and Practice.
Quakers in programmed meetings basically just seem to be like regular evangelical Christians who are pacifists.