Sour Puss

Dear Flash,

You, my dear friend, are one of the most indiscriminate beings I know when it comes to things you are willing to put in your mouth. Amongst the things I have seen you eat lo these many years: used gum laying in the gutter, fish guts, and at least three kinds of poop. I have seen you lick your butt, cat butts, dirty mud puddles, and the bottom of the barbecue. You clearly covet the trash can and all the glorious mysteries within. So why is it, then, that you react with such aversion when presented with a bright, fresh, delicious lemon?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Love, Nina

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Jekyll and Hyde

Dear Flash,

Let’s get a few things straight. You, sir, are a dog. And a little fox-faced bunny-butted fluff ball at that. You have presented me with a cat toy. A fuzzy faux-mouse with pink ears. And you did this all with enthusiasm and full-body wagging. All that was needed was a girl-dog eating spaghetti while cheesy love songs were playing to make this a scene right out of a Disney movie. So when I do not throw the toy for you, it is waaaaaaaay too late to try to intimidate me by getting your fierce on.

Love, Nina

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Freedom

Dear Flash,

The words of our forefathers echo in my ears today, and stir my heart in ways you can’t imagine.

These are the people who asserted, in the face of tyranny, that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

These are the people who committed, in the face of inner turmoil, that a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from this earth.

These are the people who recognized, with the nation at the brink of financial collapse, that there is nothing to fear but fear itself.

These are the people who challenged, at a time doubt, to ask not what our country could do for us, but to ask what we could do for our country.

These are the people who had a dream.

Powerful words of a strong and diverse people. Our journey together has been a winding path, always searching for ways to spread our arms and expand our embrace. Yes, we have been lost at times, but have always seen our way through turmoil to growth and peace. As a people, we have a forward momentum which promises to sustain and nurture us for many more centuries to come. Many thanks are due to those who have led us on this road, and who have sacrificed that we may continue on.

Happy Independence Day, my friend.

Love, Nina

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