Atlas: I really liked that In and Out Cheeseburger I got yesterday.
Mozzie: They make the best burgers. Once I even got a double-double when I finished one of my titles.
Rico: And you can thank me for yesterday’s treat!
Mozzie: Because yesterday was Rico’s 9.5 birthday.
Rico: That’s right. You both benefitted from my birthday.
Atlas: How come you get stuff for your half-birthday?
Mozzie: Because he’s a senior.
Rico: I’m Dad’s age in dog years.
Atlas: THAT old?!?! Do you think we can celebrate my half-birthday?
Mozzie: After you turn 9.
Rico: Mom said we could celebrate my quarter-birthdays after I turn 10.
Atlas: Do you think we can get “animal style” cheeseburgers next week for my fifth birthday? And maybe some fries?
Mozzie: Don’t push your luck, short stack. Fries are reserved for earning a title or getting to double digits.
Rico: “Animal style” is not good for us. It has too many things we can’t eat, including onions.
Atlas: It’s confusing that it’s called “animal style,” but we can’t have it. Do you think if we played that song, “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” we could subliminally get Mom and Dad to go to In and Out more often?
Mozzie: I like that song.
Rico: And the singer’s name is Jimmy Buffett. It’s like a double subliminal clue.
Atlas: I’ll ask Alexa to play it on repeat.