Decisions, Decisions, Decisions
This summer, my family is going on a road trip to the National Parks for six weeks. They are renting a big camper that has enough beds for my parents, my two siblings, and me.
I have never been to the Grand Canyon, so I was really excited when I learned about the trip. The other night I heard my mom and dad discussing if it was a good idea to leave me in the camper all day when they were out touring.
My dad said he thought it would be fine since the camper had AC and a TV, and they could leave me water and a snack. My mom wasn’t convinced; she thought I might be scared and lonely being on my own day after day. She said she called my Nana to ask if I could stay with her. My Nana told her she was pleased to have the company.
They decided they would discuss the options with me and let me decide what I wanted to do. I love being with my family and was psyched about traveling in a camper. But being inside during the day watching TV in an air-conditioned metal box is my idea of nothing.
On the other paw, staying at my Nana’s has many perks. She lets me sit with her on the couch, choose what I want for a treat, and come and go into the yard whenever I want. She can’t throw the ball or play with me like she used to because of her walker.
Nana also goes to bed at 7 o’clock. So, I’ll be by myself until 10, when I usually hit the hay. What do you think I should do, Frankie?
I say go to your Nana’s. Here’s why: being cooped up in a small space for hours can be very stressful. Think about it, what’s your day going to be like. Waiting, pacing, sniffing, and wondering, is that their car? It doesn’t sound like a good time to me.
In contrast, you can go in and out at your Nana’s, sit with her on the couch, and choose your treats.
Look, I’m not saying it’s a dream vacation. I know you will miss your family and playing with your sibs, but it’s only for six weeks. Maybe this is the summer you get to do all those things you have been meaning to do — read dog adventure books, start a canine blog, or learn to play poker and teach Nana. You never know. You might walk away with a bit of pocket change.
In sum, make the best of it. I would, however, request a nightly call from the family; that’s the least they can do under the circumstances.
© 2022 Geneva Woodruff
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