While other people will do something, that’s not Miranda. She’s never satisfied to do one thing. She takes particular pride in her ability to multitask. On those rare occasions where she does something – just one something – it frustrates her. She can’t help but feel that she’s wasting time. This may explain why she hasn’t trained her dog, Claude. Training her dog takes too much concentration by itself, even for Miranda. It requires her full attention.
Other people stand in line and wait. Miranda may make her grocery list while standing in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Woodstock. Some folks drive to work and listen to music on the radio. For Miranda, that doesn’t qualify as ‘multitasking.’ When she drives the car, she’ll play a self-help audiobook so she can learn something while she’s driving.
In Miranda’s laundry room, on top of the dryer, is a stand for her Kindle. She loads the washer, loads the dryer, and reads all the while. When she eats, she watches the news and the family knows better than to interrupt while she’s catching up on the day’s happenings.
Of course, Miranda’s ability to multitask is famous where she works. While others multitask, none can compete with Miranda. And Miranda takes great pride in her ability to multitask. Still, she wishes there were a way to multitask while training her dog. Her dog can clearly use some training.
When called upon to teach her dog better behavior, she’ll find something to carry upstairs at the same time. It’s just like when she goes to one a play or a sporting event – Miranda watches and knits. But, if she can’t do something else while training her do, why bother.
Fortunately for Miranda, her best friend took sympathy on Miranda’s dilemma when it comes to training her dog. Now, Lilian, Miranda’s friend also likes to multitask, though she’s not in the same class with Miranda. In fact, she envies Miranda’s ability to multitask at almost any turn.
For a while, Lilian may have taken some pleasure in watching Miranda struggle to find a way to multitask while training her dog. But, eventually, Lillian also saw that it was an opportunity for her to shine in Miranda’s eyes if she, Lillian, could solve the dog-training-multi-tasking dilemma. And so, she presented Miranda with her solution to her problem.
One day, over coffee, Lillian told Miranda about Board & Train.
“What’s that?” asked Miranda.
“That’s where you leave your dog with a kennel and, while they’re there, the kennel also trains them,” said Lillian.
Miranda scoffed at the idea. “So, you think that it counts if my dog is multitasking?” she asked. “Multitasking is what I do, not my dog.”
“Well, sure,” said Lillian. “That’s why we multitask by taking a cruise. While we leave Woodstock behind to drink Pina Colladas on the Sky Deck of a cruise ship, your dog is receiving that overdue training with Board & Train.”
So, when Lillian and Miranda were on their cruise, few of the others on the cruise had any idea how busy Miranda really was while reclining on a chase lounge and sipping a tropical cocktail. But, from the smile on her face, they could tell that she was having a good time.