love letters

He was right, of course.  I was tempted. 

But I couldn’t read his text messages. 

I could, however, read my own.

Herewith, a pretty complete sampling, from oldest to most recent:

From Middle:  I hate everything.

From Mate: We have arrived.  I meditated in splendid accommodations.  I love you.

From Oldest: July 19th 330 doctor chin.  Will u write that down pleeeeeeeeaaaaase?

From Mate: This is so much fun!!!!!

From Middle: U kno im going 2 the waterpark 2morow nite

From Oldest: Just bought tickets.  Will work out finances tmrw

From Youngest: Im in the movie

From Oldest: Can you help us with directions to that barbeque place in kansas city?

From Oldest: K

From Oldest: Pulled pork sandwich

From Oldest: I also think I have fleas from the motel last night

From Oldest: Ya

From Youngest: Get on the ball orthadontist wise

From Middle:  Out w….

From Oldest: Takeoff kiss.

From Oldest: What’s wrong?

From Oldest: Ohhh no

From Oldest: She’s the most vulnerable dog that ever was

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She is.  She was picked up by animal control as a puppy, wandering the streets, then was adopted by a woman who sent her back to the pound, then she joined our family.  I assured the boys that getting a mutt would prevent us from having to deal with the many medical complications that plague purebred dogs.

Or not.

She got a piece of glass lodged in her eye (we have seen a veterinary ophthalmologist – who knew there was such a thing?), she tore her ACL and had knee surgery, got irregular heartbeats from the anesthesia  which necessitated a visit from the cardiologist, swallowed a small piece of rubber during a playdate and had abdominal surgery, had numerous paw abrasions that required even more numerous bandages, had her other knee reconstructed, just finished rehab and, after a week of hiking full strength, has…pneumonia.

If she were only her medical problems, it would be hard to make a case for keeping on keeping on with the ERs, the medications, the endless bills.  But, Miss Biss also:
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Helps us do our homework.

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Wakes us up in the morning.

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Reminds us all to relax.

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Waits for us when we are slow…

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And, oh yeah, loves every single one of us, every single day.

Keep your fingers crossed for her, OK?

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