Part of this is my fault, as I taught her that expression.
I only meant to use it with respect to Oscar .. our dog. She was upset because Oscar wouldn't run out for a walk with her unless I nodded at him and said, "Oscar, walk."
I explained the pack mentality to her, i.e. why Oscar only listened to me.
Me: "It's because I'm the alpha dog, you see? So when I tell him it's time for a walk, or car ride or sit, he listens."
Mina: "I want to be the alpha dog!"
Me: "There can only be one in a pack. Maybe you can be second in command."
She walked away, satisfied.
Slowly but surely, however, she's staging a mutiny.
Exhibit A: Mina's plan to thwart "quiet time." Jordan becomes the fall guy.
Lisen[sic] Jordan here is the plan
You open your door quietly
You peek out if mom is soundlees[sic]
you tiptoe to my room slide the response to me and I
P.S. if she is there you wait until she (mom) is gone.
It's been suggested I frame this note for posterity.
When I confronted her about it, she denied everything, despite her very obvious signature. Jordan laughed maniacally; and claimed he ignored it and sat very quietly in his room reading during the appointed hour.
We are in trouble.