Mayor's Corner 03/15/2018

Dear Friends:

After reading David Anderson’s thoughts last week about going to the dentist, I have recommitted to flossing on a regular basis. I now have little individual floss packs in my vehicles and by the bed.  I have acquired a plaque tool which I used once.  Sometimes we lack the determination to hurt ourselves, even if it’s for our own good!

Last week, my sweetheart, She Who Shall Not Be Named (SWSNBN), went on a three-day trip with her sisters and her mother.  It was to celebrate her mother’s ninety-first birthday (more about her mother in a moment).

Being home alone was stressful. Even with a fridge full of wonderful homemade soup and other goodies  SWSNBN prepared for me, it was painful in the extreme.  Dolly Dog suffered even more than me.  She sat faithfully peering out the front window waiting for supreme treat-giver to show up. Neither of us knew what to do.  I watched some great western movies, including The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.  I exercised the freedom to flip through channels like a racecar driver flipping through gears.  Even with this freedom, I was like a sick calf looking around for direction.

I survived.  And yes, I am more appreciative of her and more sensitive toward those who have lost their partners.  Without direction, my rows would be so crooked that water would never flow down them.  I was lost, but now I’m more willing to receive direction. Sometimes it does indeed take a loose reign to keep a marriage tight.

As for Valeria, my mother in law, there isn’t a finer person that I know of.  All these years she has loved me and our children, grandchildren and her great grandchildren.  She has looked right past any of our misjudgments and missteps and loved us anyway. She would give her own life in a second to save any of us.  It’s all in the family, and she’s all in for the family.  That’s as it should be.

Mayor David Ogden

Mayors Corner

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