Saturday morning I woke up a little later than usual, around 7:15. I was ready for a morning full of errands to prepare for friends we were having for dinner that evening. But, first, I needed coffee. It was then that I noticed my 17 year old daughter was also ready for the day, which was most unusual given that she is a teenager. Teenagers like to sleep in on weekends. My husband told me that they were going to Fleet Farm to purchase chicken food. He had promised to take Maeghan to Aldi for chocolate if she came with. What? Honestly, that was the craziest thing I had ever heard. Aldi’s chocolate is just not that good. I asked why he felt the need to drag her out of the house for chicken feed and told her she didn’t have to go with. She insisted, I rolled my eyes and said ok. Truth be told, I was looking forward to a Saturday morning coffee in peace.
I went about my morning. Showered, ate breakfast and then started to clean a little bit. Eric had to take my car for this strange errand, so I needed to wait for him to do my own. It was at about 10:00 am when I started to vacuum that they returned. Thankfully, I resisted to the urge to comment that it should not take 3 hours to find chicken feed. Because when Maeghan walked in behind him, she was holding this little girl. If you look at the bottom, you can see the eyes of our very confused beagle trying figure out what the hell just happened to her perfectly balanced world.
Meet Sadie. She is the last of our three dogs. She was an early Christmas present for me. But it is clear that my husband is just as smitten as the rest of us. We now have 2 golden retrievers (a strange dream I have had since childhood) and a crazy beagle. Gift giving will not be necessary for me now for several years, as this is all I have wanted. It’s funny because I brought it up on Friday night and my husband’s no was so firm that I thought, I better not bring it up again. Honestly, I had no idea that this was in the works.
The whole family, their significant others, coworkers and classmates all knew that I was going to be given a puppy for Christmas. Not once in all those weeks of careful planning did they let the secret out. I am a very lucky woman to have such a loving husband and family.
Happy Holidays Everyone!