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Story Time: Everybody is happy

Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 1:25 pm

By Lorry Myers

I’ve been thinking about it for a while now. We have lived in this house for years and our bathrooms look like the day we moved in. I can hear the faucet dripping before I fall to sleep, the hallway bathroom mirror is greying and I don’t even know what the counter tops are made of.

It is time for a change.

My husband is the kind of man who is content with what he has. Telling him that I want to remodel our bathrooms will cause him serious concern. He will putter and pace and stall and stutter and discover at least ten excuses why we don’t need to do it. Through the years I’ve learned that Randy will not make a decision without valid reasons and won’t make a change that doesn’t solve a problem.

I just needed a plan.

The next night at the dinner table, I turned to Randy and announced, “I want to get a dog.”

My husband looked at me and blinked.

“Seriously, I want to get a dog.” I said again, not blinking at all.

“What are you talking about?” Randy asked, gaping at me like I’d lost my mind.

I have seen this look before.

“I just think that if we were going to get a pet, now might be the time.”

“What is wrong with you?” Randy asked, reaching for my forehead to prove I was out of my feverish mind.

“I want to get a dog,” I replied, my tone saying as much as my words.

“Well get over it, we are not getting a dog! “ Randy declared, starting to pace the room. “We are not dog people! We have never been dog people. Who is going to feed this dog and clean up after this dog?”

I looked up at him and smiled.

“No, no dog. Where is this coming from anyway? Why after all these years do you suddenly want a dog?” Randy asked, throwing his hands in the air.

“I don’t know,” I sighed like I do when I am second-guessing a decision. “Don’t you think it would be nice to come home to a little dog waiting at the door? Wouldn’t you like a companion when you work in the yard or sit beside you on the porch? Besides, other people have dogs and they love them.”

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