I'm thinking Moms are incredibly imaginative <g>. Julie Krueger thinking sometimes "white lies" are truly compassionate. ========Original Message======== Subj: [lit-ideas] Re: I shall say this only 5,000 times (allo allo) Date: 3/12/2007 1:38:24 P.M. Central Daylight Time From: _Ursula@xxxxxxxxxxx (mailto:Ursula@xxxxxxxxxx) To: _lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx (mailto:lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx) Sent on: I've been at the other end of this "of course." When my daughter was 2 years old, we had a puppy (lab-terrier mix) who never socialized properly. He always nipped at the kids' heels and barked at the neighbours through the fence. We spent a lot of time with him (I was home full time for years) but couldn't get him to stop these and other annoying behaviours. We tried giving him to a farm family who had no children and no close neighbours, but they brought him back. We finally took him to the Humane Society with a warning about his problems. The warnings probably sealed his fate, but we told our daughter that he had gone to a home where they needed a watchdog much more than we did. She seemed to understand and the following year, we bought a golden lab puppy (who was not perfect either, but had the sweetest personality). Kate and Marley grew up together. Marley ate our sofa one day when we weren't home, but we loved her anyway. There's another story, too. My son was about three. We had been out for a walk in the woods and stopped to admire the spring runoff at a little waterfall. When we set off he had a little stuffed dog with him (named Ivan the Terrible) but when we returned, he didn't have him. Not being able to return to look for him, we told my son that a squirrel had surely rescued Ivan from the now cold and freezing rain and that Ivan was warm and safe inside a squirrel's comfy home in a tree. We talked about Ivan for at least three months, imagining his adventures with the squirrel. I'm sure you all have stories like this.... David Ritchie wrote: > What a sad tale, made more so by the "of course." ------------------------------------------------------------------ To change your Lit-Ideas settings (subscribe/unsub, vacation on/off, digest on/off), visit www.andreas.com/faq-lit-ideas.html <BR><BR><BR>**************************************<BR> AOL now offers free email to everyone. Find out more about what's free from AOL at http://www.aol.com.