Here’s the thing. When I left the East Coast, I left my family behind. While I’m still close with them, and visit frequently, the bottom line is that on a daily basis, they are not here. It’s the same thing with my friends. I have made deep, lasting friendships here in Alaska. But those friends don’t live with me. They have their own families and other friends. So as close as we may be, they do not share my daily life; they don’t define my daily routine.
But my pets do. Every day I wake up to my ancient dog