Just One of the Dogs


Maia, sharing some stale bread in the front yard with the chickens.

A car came up the drive here this weekend. There were a couple of “city” ladies inside it, lost and looking for the interstate. They were definitely headed in the wrong direction. While I was talking to them, Maia and the dogs ran up to the car to greet the visitors. “Is that a….goat?” they wanted to know. I said, “Yeah, well, she’s kinda just one of the dogs…..”

Meanwhile, I woke at 1 a.m. to hear footsteps downstairs. Morgan had spent the night in town, so I knew it wasn’t her. And I knew I’d locked the doors. And Ross was gone to spend the rest of his final weekend with his girlfriend. I waited for the footsteps to come upstairs and, you know, kill me or something. Then I heard a toilet flush. And I thought, they stopped to PEE before killing me? I went downstairs to investigate and found Ross on the couch. That’s right, he came home on his last night in the United States to say goodbye to his mama. Or scare her to death….. He was outta here by 6 a.m., headed for a flight to Bahrain then on to his submarine. He’ll be back in January. This time, goodbye was for real.


  1. Claudia W says:

    The dogs didn’t bark? WOW! Then they are familiar with the footsteps! So nice of him to come and say goodbye. I will keep Ross in my prayers for a safe return to his Mama!

  2. kelsimom1998 says:

    Fair Winds and Following Seas Ross.

  3. cabynfevr says:

    Not goodbye, just a see ya later. Be safe Ross and love and hugs sent your way Mama :hug:

  4. karenjo says:

    What a sweet son you have! As a mother of four sons, three that are adults, I had a tear in my eye knowing how difficult it would be for me to watch my son go so far away. I wish him safe journeys and I send you warm thoughts, one mom to another.

  5. bonita says:

    Phooey, just when it seemed as tho he might be delayed for ever. . . Hope he has a safe journey and safe return.

  6. ticka1 says:

    not goodbye just see you later. thanks to your son for serving for our country! how does he like being on subs for a long time?

  7. whaledancer says:

    Awww. Hard for a mother to have her child so far away, knowing she won’t see him for a while. Hugs. :hug:

  8. bumblebee says:

    What a very sweet and thoughtful son…. Bless him, and you, as well as many hugs sent to you!!! 🙂

  9. Joell says:

    How nice he could soend a bit more time with you before his departure.

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