Thank you to everyone who expressed concern about Jesse and his Brown Doggie. I am happy to report that he is o.k., thanks to a very kind and thoughtful big brother.
Micah heard me worrying about taking Brown Doggie on vacation with us, and asked if he could help by telling Jesse a made-up story. He was a little worried about telling a story that was not true, but we reassured him that a pretend story about a pretend/stuffed animal would be o.k., just like a story book or bed-time story.
So, on night 4 of Jesse going to bed “all alone,” Micah told him a story that went something like this:
Once upon a time, in a kingdom far, far away, there was a boy named Jesse who had a very special brown doggie. But one day, an evil witch put a spell on Brown Doggie, and all of Jesse’s other pets, too. The spell made the animals fall into a deep, deep sleep. Jesse thought his pets were dead, but they were just sleeping from the spell. Jesse was very sad. Then, Jesse got some special magic medicine to break the spell. When he gave the animals the medicine, they all woke up and were as good as new! Brown Doggie was so happy to see Jesse that he licked and licked his face, and Jesse was so happy to see Brown Doggie that he snuggled him all night long. And, they lived happily ever after.
Then, we gave the animals medicine, and I had Brown Doggie bark and lick Jesse’s face. The little guy grinned and squealed and hugged his Brown Doggie tight. And, now things are back to normal. Brown Doggie is on vacation with us, as real as ever. Just this morning, Kaylie got in trouble for pulling on his fur and hurting him.
We are having a wonderful time at Great Wolf Lodge, and have met some really neat families through the IDSC. I am so grateful for the amazing community we have!