Reporter's Note: President Obama is on vacation. I am not. He will find my letters do not flag simply because he is not around to read them.
Tom Foreman | Bio
Dear Mr. President,
Considering that you are on vacation, you’ll forgive me if I spin off into some personal notes today. I suspect you don’t want to hear me prattling on about business or affairs of state anyway. So here goes.
First, I need a haircut. Usually I get in to see my stylist every four weeks or so, but this time I’ve allowed the days to get away from me, and I can’t even recall precisely when I last had a trim. My hair is beginning to descend down the back of my neck as if a full moon is due, flipping up slightly in a sort of mini-mullet, and I’m entertaining myself by periodically reaching back and fiddling with it.
It does not look terribly professional and my wife offered to make an appointment for me the other day, which is her polite way of saying, “Hey, Howard Hughes, how about a trip to the barber?” Of course there are advantages to sporting even a mild case of hockey hair. I can almost certainly cross into Canada with no documentation; just a slight turn of the head and a nod. “Can I see your passport…oh, sorry. Welcome home, eh?”
Second, we’ve been having storms here and that makes me sleepy. It’s not that I have any trouble sleeping in bad weather. To the contrary, I love the crash of lightning and the hiss of rain on the rooftop. But our dog Nola does not. She is quite young to be so troubled by the sound of thunder, but it is, as you know, an affliction common to many dogs. So when it storms at night, we hear her start whimpering in her crate downstairs, and invariably either my wife or I go stumbling down into the darkness to let her out, to hug and pet her until she calms down. Then we lay upon the downstairs sofa; she takes up her spot alongside, and we trail a sleepy hand down into her fur. She feels better that way, although she still moves around a lot and each time it wakes me up. Or my wife, depending on which of us has drawn the duty.
But she is a lovely dog, and it’s the least we can do to help her with her fears. She helps so much, in her own way, with ours.
Hope the vacation is going well. For heavens sake, don’t call now. You can use the rest and the family time. But a postcard would be nice. Did you take your dog along? I’ll have my hair cut before you get back. Promise.
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