Let’s pretend. Let’s pretend our children just returned home from camp and volunteered to take over household chores for one week, forbidding us to lift even a finger, just because they want to understand exactly how much we do for them every day.

Let’s pretend the family then demands we all go to a concert together, but it must be a classical concert. They choose a performance of “Musique Francais” by organist (and Wednesday Journal music reviewer) Cathryn Wilkinson in the Concerts at 6:26 series at Grace Episcopal Church, 924 Lake St., on Thursday, June 19 (386-8036). We are all on time for the concert, which starts, in fact, at 6:26 p.m. We’re even a little early, giving us all a few minutes to sit quietly and think our happy thoughts.

Let’s pretend that ours is the only family in Chicagoland that devotes the majority of its conversation to the dogs, analyzing their every thought and feeling, and that, if we went to Magic Tree Bookstore, 141 N. Oak Park Ave. (848-0770), on Sunday, June 22, at 1 p.m. to hear Nikki Moustaki, author of Dogfessions, we would be the only people there to hear her talk about her book of “handmade postcards bearing confessions and revelations by canines and their human companions.” And let’s pretend that we didn’t wish we had written a card from Norman and Doug and that it had been included in Moustaki’s book.

And finally, let’s pretend we’re Bette Davis, and that our life is so overflowing with drama and passion that we get caught up in an imbroglio of lust and murder like she does in The Letter, which is showing at the Oak Park Public Library (383-8200) on Monday, June 23, at 2 p.m. Shall we pretend we know what imbroglio actually means? Let’s!

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