Yesterday, I received another piece of mail addressed to Gatewood Family Enterprises, a name we used in connection with a side thing many years ago.
Two things struck me about this.
1) You really never get off mailing lists, as they will remove you but re-sell your info to someone else.
2) There is no Gatewood Family here any longer. A family has more than one person in it, and now there’s just me. It’s just Tim and his cats.
Don’t get me wrong — I love my cats, but they’re not people, at least not human people. They are pets or companion animals. I cherish them for all the joy and laughter and entertainment they bring into my life. And, yes, they are (to use the phrase I heard so often from Barbara Gatewood) “my angel babies”. They just don’t take the place of a human companion.
Yes, my parents and siblings are still living, so I’m a member of A Gatewood family, but MY Gatewood family is no more.
So, pardon me if I’m a bit more bah-humbug than usual this year.