This is a buried treasure I would rather not find.
Last night, my husband and I took the kids to beautiful City Park in Warwick. We were down on the beach watching the sunset when a woman and her two white dogs walked by. Almost simultaneously, the two dogs squatted and defecated on the sand. The woman kept walking.
I was floored.
"You should clean that up." I called to her.
"Oh Really?" she replied, and kept walking.
This on a beach that kids, toddlers and babies play on all day long.
There was once a time when dog lovers could walk their dogs all over the place, but one by one, parks and beaches and recreation areas are closing to them. When I spoke to the Parks and Recreation Department of Warwick today, the gentleman said they will install a sign prohibiting dogs from the beach at City Park.
It's a shame, really, that irresponsible and rude dog owners ruin it for everyone else.
I have been working on getting over my anger all week. The letter helped. Calling the parks department helped. But maybe those are just vindictiveness.
Lord, give me the grace to let go of this anger without lashing out at the woman with the dogs.