The Neurotic Little Puppy

I read this New Age-y book recently that presented a pretty thought-provoking theory.  The author was talking about fairy tales and children’s stories and how one in particular usually strikes a chord with us when we’re young and the reason it strikes a chord is because it reminds us of one of our neuroses that will continue to be a neurosis when we grow up.  The author said for her that story was the tale of the patchwork dress girl who shows up to a ball with a dress stitched out of lots of rags unlike the other girls who are wearing beautiful gowns.  The girl hides in a closet because she’s ashamed of her dress…then a handsome prince finds her and appreciates her handiwork or something stupid.

Clearly I don’t really remember the details, but the author boiled it down to something like–she’s interested in lots of things, not just one thing, so instead of becoming an expert at one thing she’s just mediocre at lots of things.  I guess that’s her neurosis.

This got me thinking about my childhood (because who doesn’t like to analyze their neuroses?).  The only book I could think of that struck a chord was one from The Poky Little Puppy series.  This one was scratch and sniff.  The Poky Little Puppy goes off with his puppy siblings to find birthday presents for their mom.  Poky’s siblings get lemonade or cotton candy or a bucket of apples and call it a day (the lemonade was my favorite thing to scratch).  But Poky has a hell of a time finding the perfect present.  It’s really sad.  He’s the ultimate people pleaser.  So maybe that’s my neurosis?  Yeah, I think so.  It especially rears its ugly neurotic head around these gift-giving times of the year. 

I used to be really good about making gift lists and crossing off names and putting a lot of thought into the whole process.  Now it’s December 17th and I’m like WTF?  How did this happen.  My urge to procrastinate has outweighed my people pleasing urge!  But I had an idea after I woke up, while I was still in bed.  It involves gingerbread and frosting and candy.  Or maybe I’ll just walk across the street to the 99 cent store next to the strip club and call it a day. 


Speaking of puppies, I have my own theory.  I bet police officers who work with police dogs live longer than non-K-9 unit police officers.  Because animals make you happy.  And happiness keeps you healthy.  And healthy, happy people live longer!

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Further research will need to be conducted to see if the theory applies to Tom Hanks.

Further research will need to be conducted to see if the theory applies to Tom Hanks.

4 responses to “The Neurotic Little Puppy

  1. Just wondering if the New Age book was “Soul Prints,” although that book might be written by a guy (I’m too lazy to double check). This book had a similar idea about how a book or story heard in childhood can stick with you and make you who you are. I think the book references a person that remembered Harold and his purple crayon, and it somehow affected their life.

    Anyhowever… the story I remember attaching to is Encyclopedia Brown. He cracked the case at a toy store (some kid stole two rifles by shoving them down his pant legs… he couldn’t bend down to pick up his lil bro so that’s how EB figured it out). What I took away from it was how he paid attention to details.

    That’s why I pretend I’m a ninja/spy when I’m at work. Well, maybe that has nothing to do with anything. I also pretend I’m Wolverine or John McClane sometimes, too.

    Sorry about rambling on. What was I talking about?

  2. It was “A Return to Love” by Marianne Williamson. Was “Soul Prints” worth reading? Maybe that will be my next New Age read.

  3. It is a worthy read. It’s one of the few books I’ve purchased over the years with the intention to read that I’ve actually read. It’s been awhile since I’ve, um, read it (there’s a lot of “read’s” in this comment), but I know I was trying to get my family members to read it (is there a synonym for “read” that’s escaping me?!)

    The greatest thing I took away from it is that when someone feels comfortable in their own shoes, they kinda rise above the din of the crowd and see other people comfortable in their own shoes. (I’m paraphrasing… which is another way of saying “making it up from fading memories.”)

    How was your book? Anything insightful beyond what’s mentioned in the post? Considering I own “Against Love: A Polemic by Laura Kipnis” (one of the “didn’t reads”), I might be curious enough to balance out my shelves.

    • Oooh, “Against Love” sounds good–more cultural ideas of love, while “A Return to Love” covers spiritual love. I’d definitely recommend reading the first few pages at the bookstore. They let you know what you’re getting into haha She talks a lot about letting go and letting the universe/God do its/His thing. That kind of thing.

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