GROWING OLD WITH GRACIE

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Western Maryland, United States

Saturday, April 28, 2012

BLOODY MURDER

We are gearing up for a mini vacation on Monday.  We're going back to Mt. Airy, NC.  We really liked it there... (more the cabin where we stayed than anything).  I'm really excited this time because Kim (one of the farm owners) told me they have a few new babies..  one a baby goat and I I think a donkey as well.. 

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I am a parent who has raised a child - with regrets.  What could or should I have done differently with Gracie to cause her to be better behaved?  I would love love love to take her with us but I know she would misbehave terribly and ruin our trip.  This makes me sad.  But Gracie will be taken care of while we're gone - Lindsey will see to that. 

Meanwhile, I have a busy weekend happening...  and I want to make sure I give Gracie some extra attention.

Dear Diary,

I'm not so sure I like this 'new addition' to the family.  Let's just say she's a trouble maker and the trouble she makes is for ME!  The term bloody murder comes to mind.  It's a well known fact that I announce each and every time a people passes by our house and especially when that people is accompanied by a black dog or a german shepherd.  Hey, it's my job.  I watch the house.  What can I say?!  Now..  dad has on occasion screamed at me 'gracie! You're going to give me a heart attack!'  and mom has put in her two cents worth, 'gracie!  Do you have to do that everytime you see someone walk down the road?  What is your problem?'.  .  What I can't deal with is how that little twerp screams BLOODY MURDER each time I announce an intruder/bystander/vagrant along our road.  I. GET. IN. TROUBLE.  I was here before the twerp.  Why not yell at her instead of me?  Gracie.

"You smell good, ya little trouble-maker.
That's about all ya got goin' for ya."