Saturday, December 3, 2005

Want vs. Need

Now if this was an issue of shoes, the answer would be clear. I don't need any new shoes, I just want them. Well, kind of. I personally think I need knee-high brown skinny heeled boots, as well as a couple more pairs of casual flats... but I don't NEED them.
The issue is a dog. I desperately want one. My desperation has grown more and more intense as my husband shows no signs of waning on his no-dog stance. I understand he may be bitter, as our last two died. I understand he wants to keep our family's freedom of being able to leave whenever without having to worry about who's going to feed and water the one left at home.
However, I get quite frustrated because I grew up with animals. (So did he.) I want my children to have the same experience. Playing in the backyard. Camping trips with their clever canine. True, unbending friendship. But, do we NEED one? Probably not. Do I NEED one when my hubby's at work at night, the kids are in bed, and I'm alone and just a little scared? That's when I yearn for the sound of a tail wagging against the furniture, padded feet trotting over the kitchen floor. It's when I long to run my fingers through fur and snuggle with a dog on the couch. This is what I mean by NEED.
So, as once again he says we're not getting one anytime soon, the tears play at the corners of my eyes and I try to stiffle my yearning. It's not that I don't understand, because I do. Freedom is nice... but companionship is nicer.
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