I will not get another dog after she dies. Maybe down the long, long road, but not anytime soon. I've had a dog for about 18 years (had two at the same time for a while). They've been a huge part of my life, and I think it's so important for kids to grow up with pets and having a role in taking care of them. But... I need to be less tied down. I want to go on spontaneous trips and not worry about what to do with Dog. I want to not having to rush home from somewhere to let her go potty. I want to not have to walk her when the wind chill is -15 degrees (I'm a firm believer that dogs need to be walked every day, and even when Sidekick was a baby, I walked Dog every day.) I want a little less freedom than I have right now.
And for a little chuckle... every night Sidekick says a prayer, and the beginning is always the same. Here was our conversation:
Sidekick: Dear God. Tank you por watching ober da babies.
Me: Anything else?
Sidekick: Also, God, why are deer Cwismas decowations when we haben't eben had Halloweeen?
I just laughed. I'm not sure he'll get an answer, but I want to know the same thing.