We love our children. If you’re like me, it’s easy and natural to also love those who are brought into our families by birth, marriage or special friendships.
Automatically loving our children’s dogs, however, has sometimes been a stretch for me. This year I was elected by She Who Shall Not Be Named to tell our children that family love and acceptance does not extend to FightO and HeatO. To soften the blow, I told them that we would make arrangements for a special “doggie hideout” that I happen to have a key to.
You can’t always anticipate the consequences of every decision, but there were, in fact, two things I should have foreseen. First, my children wanted cameras to be able to check on the comfort of the dogs on a 24-hour per day basis. Second, they now know that the dogs are not named as beneficiaries in our will. This could work in the dogs’ favor, however, as they won’t be left with any my debts.
It’s safe to say that the dogs don’t like me any more than they did before. I’m afraid it didn’t help my feelings for them, either. One killed my parrot and chewed up some hearing aids. Even though HeatO is cute, I’m hanging on to a grudge.
I’m spending a lot of my summer at the Visitor Center. It’s really looking great. We are continually adding volunteers, and we’re considering an evening shift from 5:00 to 7:00. It’s great fun helping travelers enjoy our beautiful area more fully.
We live in a great valley! I was again reminded of this when we participated in the Pioneer Day festivities last week in Monroe. Volunteers were everywhere! Thank you from our family and our community.Mayor David Ogden