|Rainepic: Big Dude hiding..|
Did you ever see a hound dog try to hid behind a cat?
Raine and I had been typing at each other and talking for more than a year before her curiosity overcame her natural caution and she decided that she had to make certain that I wasn't a construct of some fiendish computer's imagination so she invited me to visit. Strangely enough, I wasn't immediately escorted back to the border, and even stranger I was even encouraged to return. After several such trips I decided that it was time for the ultimate test.... The Dude-visit. I picked the long Easter weekend for the visit to give her some extra Dude-time, basically so she couldn't say later that she hadn't been adequately warned.
Almost makes me look noble or something
You see it wasn't David's constant talking, or his bulldozer-like attitude about obstacles, or even his tendency, at the time, to wander out of the house to knock at random doors in the neighborhood. All of which she handled with commendable aplomb and great patience. The conflict, it seems, was over window coverings. Yes, that's right, window coverings. Raine has been subject to migraines for quite some time so she tends to think that the proper use for windows is as a backdrop for curtains. The windows in our house all have mini-blinds or shades with curtains covering them. Many of the curtains are made of heavy fabric that would have saved countless English lives during the Blitz in WWII. This gives our house a warm, cave-like atmosphere that definitely has the Raine Seal of Approval.
|Dadpic: You can tell by the look in his eyes...|
|Rainepic: Two Dudes walking|
Don't get the wrong idea. Raine stepped into the Dude-mom thing like she was the missing part to our machine, as naturally as if she was biologically activated. He calls her 'Mom' and her mother, 'Grandma' and it's tough to remember sometimes that they're not related to him by birth.
PS: 'Rainepic's are obviously pictures taken by Raine... mostly without my permission. She didn't seem to think she needed it for some reason.