After spending yesterday at home with my kids due to the schools being closed for extreme cold, I saw this map and had a good chuckle. HONESTLY. How many times do I have to say “SHUT THE DOOR!” when it is in the single digits outside? I said it to G when he went out in the garage to look for a plumbing snake. I said it to Vivi when we came in the house, left the house, went out on the deck, came back in from the deck. I even said it to Carlos but he gets a pretty wide path (having just figured out doorknobs). If only I could train Huck to kick it closed with his back leg when he passes through.
It reminded me of a story my dad tells. Back when he was a country veterinarian, driving from farm to farm, he used to stop by this little crossroads grocery store in Meriwether County, somewhere between Luthersville and Hogansville (down the road from Hooterville). The owner kept an old myna bird as a pet. The myna sat on a perch by the front entrance and every time someone walked through the door, the myna squawked, “Shut the Got-dam DOOR!”
Whenever things get crazy at Daddy’s house–between the dogs and the kids and the comings and goings–Big Gay says, “All we need is a monkey and myna bird and we could charge 50 cents admission here.” Amen.
I am in the market for a myna bird if this weather doesn’t warm up and these kids don’t get back in school!