Politicking is going strong these days in the Granite and Green Mountain States. The candidates are furiously competing for serious street cred. Their names are at once familiar, comforting, or unsettling: Norman, Charlie, Trump, Hillary, Daisy. Friends and neighbors are talking about the candidates using words that may seem reckless in these tricky times: "adorable," "beautiful," and "handsome." Some campaign managers are even throwing some verbal elbows, calling another's candidate "cute, but I like [mine] better."
Together, the contestants are asking us to look deep into their eyes and see the best of ourselves in our candidates. The candidates are, of course, animals, competing in the 19 Days of Norwich and Beyond Pet Contest. Pigs, donkeys, roosters, cats, and canines galore. They aspire to supremacy and glory, and they are, without a doubt, in it to win it. Their owners have made a charitable donation to help two organizations, the Upper Valley Haven and the Upper Valley Humane Society. Citizens are turning their schedules upside down in an effort to vote early and often, with each vote helping to aid these two not for profits in the region.
So, brace yourselves for the lobbying, the requests to vote, the shameless self-promotion of owners and their pets. Remember: it's all for a good cause or two.
And to think that you thought compassion, empathy, and kindness were reserved to humans at this time of year...
Tomorrow, we'll be discussing a unique way to find a cubic yard of compost, a ride in a fire truck, wool mittens, or a sushi platter...all in the same place.
19-3=16 to go!