But last summer our terrier mix dog became very upset over the kids joyful noise and she would run in terror and jump at the door blocking the animals in the family room. So I got an extra dog pillow and put her in my room next to my bed. When the kids weren't up late in the family room she would sleep in there. Soon, though, she started going to bed in my room every night. Now she sleeps there permanently and often begs to go to bed before my husband and I even go to bed.
My point to this whole commentary is that whenever the kids are laughing out loud, the dog gets upset and wants to run into my bedroom to get away from them. She'll be 10 years old this year, so maybe it's old age, but it makes her a real downer. I tell my kids she hates laughter and joy.
I've run into many people and organizations in my life who hate laughter and joy. I'd been eyeing a cedar Adirondack bench with a middle table that opens up to store things. It's hand made by a local man who sits on street corners to hawk his wares. I decided to use the birthday money my in-laws gave me to purchase it. I was so good, I actually waited until I got my birthday money to buy it.
After I got my money I went to the guy's usual spot on the corner near our local Home Depot and he wasn't there. Some guy selling bird houses was there. Or as I like to call them, cat feeders. I can't sit on a cat feeder, I was pretty upset because I'd lost the man's phone number. I suggested to my husband we should drive to the next town and see if he was there. We figured the cat feeder guy beat him to his usual corner.
We totally lucked out because there was the cedar furniture guy on the corner in the next town. He told us our town kicked him out of his usual spot. Well, I've been aware that our city of Covington is against laughter and joy. They've run out all the mom and pop run places in our city by making it so difficult to run a business it doesn't pay for a small operation.
It's sad really. It's what gives a small town character. Now we've got many "big box" stores and national franchises here and slowly all the local run places are gone.
So I've decided to start a club for the city, headed by my terrier dog. PALAJ - People Against Laughter and Joy. It probably won't fly though. I'm sure the city has an ordinance against dogs being the chair of a community club.