So, we took the dog for her yearly checkup and the vet discovered she'd dropped 15 pounds.
The vet was very excited about it, congratulating us for being such conscientious pet owners.
I hadn't really thought Savannah needed to lose weight last year, but if they were happy, I was happy too. I'm easy that way.
The only thing was, I couldn't figure out how the damn dog had lost all that weight. I've been giving her the same amount of dog food each day, every day, for years. It's not like she's started training for a marathon or anything. At least, not that I know of.
"Well, whatever it is," the vet said enthusiastically, "keep doing it."
Sure, easy for him to say.
But then Daughter #2, brilliant sleuth that she apparently is, experienced an Ah-ha moment.
"It's Daughter #1," she exclaimed. "She went away to college. She's always the one who gave Savannah too much food."
Well, I'll be damned, she was absolutely right. Daughter #1 not only provides Savannah with too much kibble when it's her turn to feed her, but she's the only one of us who regularly slips her forbidden human treats.
It's like how I used to nag all three of my kids about the way they seemed to trash their bathroom. First-Born Son vehemently denied having anything to do with the mess, but as a wise and weathered mom I found that impossible to believe.
Until he went away to college that first year. It then became abundantly clear that his sisters were slobbing up the kids bathroom totally and completely on their own.
First-Born Son was self righteously thrilled to be exonerated, and I really couldn't blame him. It's a good thing I'm so seldom wrong like that.
So. Another mystery solved.
If only moms could drop a little extra weight when their kids went away to college each year. Not only would it soften the blow of missing them, but just think of what a happier place the world might be.