The beginning line of that old Thanksgiving song so many of us sang in grade school music classes…."Over The River And Through the Woods, To Grandmother’s house we go, the horse knows the way to carry the sleigh through the white and drifted snow….. This is entirely true in our case..our kids and grandkids literally DO go over the river (the Buffalo) and through the woods (on our land) to get to "Grandmother’s house but they cannot do this: "now Grandmother’s cap I spy"…this Gramma does not wear the old fashioned cap to which the song makes a reference….they might spy Gramma’s jeans or T-shirt or even her old fashioned apron she wears at times…but no cap! Our Thanksgiving Day is not what we thought it would be…it is diminished by an ugly episode that took place this past Sunday when a person I can only describe as an example of a "despicable sub-human excuse for a person" shot and woundd our pet..obviously deliberately. Thank God our pet did not get killed but has had her right front foreleg amputated at the shoulder yesterday at the caring and most compassionate Pelican Rapids Animal Hospital. Our pet will pay the price for the rest of her life for the wanton act of an idiotic gun toter who takes pleasure in shooting anything that moves, obviously….pets, livestock, hopefully not humans but I am beginning to wonder. I cannot even bring myself to express the thoughts I have had about what I would like to do to that gun-toter. If my wishes came true, I would spend time in a prisonI but I have those thoughts, nevertheless, as any pet-lover would have. Instead of having our sons and their families and a couple of close friends over for the traditional Thanksgiving day meal, we are not having anyone over…we will make a trip to a buffet restaurant that serves Thanksgiving food this afternoon; tomorrow we must make the trip to get our recovering pet at Pelican Rapids and from then on for a long time, we will be a nursing/rehabilitation facility for our beloved pet until she recovers and begins to adjust to her radically changed life, without a front leg. We hve been much to upset by the shock of finding our wounded and suffering pet on Monday…our week has been altered irrevocably.
I hope everyone else is enjoying the delightful day that they planned, with their loved ones gathered around them.