Why don't you play with me all day today? Simon says. I would be okay with that. Let's go outside.
But I can't.
I promise not to tell. He cocks his ears at me in a way that makes him very adorable and he knows it. Why do you like that computer more than me? He whimpers softly.
Oh, little dog, I love you! But Mommy has deadlines to meet on Fabric Designs and Book Edits. I can't play right now.
Deadlines? I can play dead. Simon says, and he rolls over on his back. Then looking at me with understanding, he curls himself beside me to wait.