Communique Commentary

Nan Graham

Commentator Nan Graham provided many details to authorities in order to adopt her new dog. She did not, however, receive all the information about him.

At the age of 20 I called my mother and delivered two pieces of news one good and one bad. Mommy, I finally understand Mark Twain. I thought I did before but I didn't. But now I do. And now that I have stood ankle deep in the Mississippi River I get it. I get him on a deep and visceral level. And it is incredible!

Remember Sea Monkeys, skillfully portrayed in their little “ocean zoo,” with crown-like heads and a medieval castle in the background? These insta-pets are still around—and so are ant farms for kids. Commentator Shane Fernando describes his childhood experience with the latter, back in the glorious days of mail order.