Tonawanda News — Midway through separating the bits of dog food from the shredded paper towel pieces on the saturated bed sheet that had been strewn across the dining-room table, I finally realized I’d had enough.
I can remember being a restless child yearning for some activity during the cold winter months, so I’m more than willing to cut Penny and Rigby a break in terms of how they play when they can’t go outside. They’re probably a bit too young to be as into hockey as I was toward my teen years, and there’s only so much sledding or snowman-building you can do without being left with a wet, numb butt.
So they get a tad more freedom on cold days ... so many cold days. We’ve had so many days where it was too cold to play outside even if you wanted to frolic in the snow. Dining room table tents just won’t get the job done after a while. There’s just been SO MUCH cold and SO MUCH lousy weather. Why won’t it end?!
I could take it up until now. I’ve introduced the kids to the Nintendo Entertainment System during the past few months and discovered a few kids’ movies that were actually pretty good during our movie nights on the couch. And we’ve gone through a good number of the books we got for the kids when they were born but they were too little to enjoy prior to this year. So there’s been some good that’s come of this winter.
But now, elbow-deep in soggy dog food (it smells as bad as it sounds), I’m ready for spring.
And not just ready for spring. I am at the point where I will do the Dance of Joy once the flooding subsides and I can finally have the privilege of scooping the five months’ worth of poop accumulated from two dogs in the back yard.