Today’s project was to write a letter to yourself at another time in your life (past or future).
Here is a letter that present Eloise could have written to the Eloise from 12 years ago, when she (and her human companion) went to Paris.
Dear Puppy Eloise,
You are very lucky to have the chance to go to Paris with Mom next month. Here are some pointers for you to make the most of your time in the City of Lights.
Don’t worry about the flight – you will get treats from the flight attendants and sleep through most of it. When Mom brings you to the ladies room at de Gaulle with a wee wee pad, please do everything you need to on it. Mom was mortified that I pooped in the middle of the terminal, though none of the other travelers seemed to notice. . .
Mom will take you everywhere with her – shopping at Givenchy and Hermes (convince her that you really do need that fabulous pink collar at Hermes), restaurants, walks in parks. Dogs are not allowed in museums, and Mom likes to follow all the rules, so I didn’t get to go. This is one of my regrets.
So, you will need to stow away in her bag – Grandma may help. As long as you are really quiet, Mom may not notice you’re there until it’s too late. You must go to the Musee Rodin. There’s this sculpture called “The Thinker”, and it would be fun to sit on his lap. And you really should go to the Louvre with her. She’ll be there for WAY too long, but you can nap for most of it. Visit Versailles with her, too; there are gardens to run through and she said there’s even a painting of a pug.
When you go out to dinner with her, you should try to persuade her to feed you something other than bread – try for foie gras or steak, though it may take some serious cuteness. She’ll do anything for us when we cock our head.
When you meet a pug called Oscar Wilde, you will play with him a bit, but I wish I had more time to get to know him. He was really cute with great markings, so convince Mom that you should go for a walk with him.
The jet lag will bother you a bit on the return home, but Mom gets pretty annoyed when we wake up at 4:00 for breakfast, so try to sleep in as late as possible.