Atlas: What’s a tradition?
Mozzie: It’s something you do the same basic way over and over.
Rico: Usually it’s based on time.
Atlas: So is eating a tradition? We do that twice a day at about the same time each day.
Mozzie: No. That’s a routine.
Rico: Good thing. If eating were only a tradition, we’d starve.
Atlas: So what’s the difference?
Mozzie: A tradition is more like something parents pass on to their kids.
Rico: Routines are things you do regularly, like daily.
Atlas: Are they supposed to be fun?
Atlas: So going to the vet isn’t a tradition?
Rico: No. That’s routine.
Atlas: Now I’m really confused.
Mozzie: My extra long walk with Mom every year on Thanksgiving is a tradition.
Atlas: But you said they were supposed to be fun.
Mozzie: It was!
Atlas: But you walked nearly 30 miles.
Rico: They did not!
Atlas: In dog miles, it was!
Mozzie: We count it in human miles.
Atlas: Is that part of the tradition?
Rico: Yes. It’s also just normal.
Atlas: But that’s still not fun.
Mozzie: It is for me and Mom.
Atlas: This is still confusing.
Rico: How about this — you know how you always get roasted carrots on Thanksgiving?
Mozzie: That’s a tradition.
Atlas: But that’s a fun one!
Mozzie: Not all traditions involve food.
Atlas: The good ones do.
Rico: You are so predictable.