From: Kendall Woog [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, December 05, 2013 1:03 PM
Cc: Susan Dench; (daughters’ info redacted)
Subject: Today’s Dench Column
Yes, I am one of those overindulgent protective parents. My twin girls were given everything we could beg, borrow or summon, from horseback and ballet lessons to the obligatory trip to London in high school. We did everything for them and they were always right. They demanded. We acquiesced.
They will very soon be thirty years old. They are both in life-affirming, growing relationships with men of impeccable grace and wonderful abilities. They both pursue their careers with passion. After both graduated with honors from a prestigious college, one now practices law for the penultimate law firm in the United States after having served a clerkship in the Texas Supreme Court. The other directs every iota of her energy to enhancing the lives of Native American young people by teaching math and coordinating the math program school-wide.
They are sophisticated, beautiful and their emotional IQs are off the charts.
They have had nothing but success in every endeavor. Most important, they are nice people and daily try to make the world around them better by giving and not taking.
I guess as parents we have been a real failure. We have created such spoiled girls.
Let me know how yours do in a few years. Want to make a bet?
Pierre Woog, Ph.D.
Amanda and Sarah sound absolutely charming and I congratulate you and your wife on being such wonderful parents – the best legacy anyone could hope to leave. You obviously lovingly passed on the gift about which I wrote – self-reliance.
I’m sure the girls also learned about manners, respect and common decency, and as you write, are surely nice people. Perhaps this is something they learned from your wife, as your weekly personal attack “love notes” (really, couldn’t someone with your apparent intelligence come up with something better than the usual “Susan Stench”?) to me show no graciousness or depth of thought and appear to be written by someone who, although seemingly having everything because he has a wonderful family, is bitter, nasty, acrimonious, angry, cantankerous and just plain rude – and these are some of the kinder characteristics I understand are widely acknowledged you possess among your fellow Eastport residents.
Frankly, if I were your very accomplished and literate daughters, it would be embarrasing, indeed humiliating, to know my father would write such stupid, ignorant pablum, let alone have my name attached to such a mortification. I’m sure you won’t mind if I share your thoughts, with full attribution, with all my readers as a prime example of the sort of rancorous missives received from ill-bred, ill-informed, boorish and disrespectful correspondents such as yourself.
You have done a marvelous job teaching your girls what they need to be responsible, productive adults – perhaps civility and maturity are something they could teach you.
P.S. Last week’s “love note” referenced the fact that you were cancelling your subscription because of my column, so I was hoping I wouldn’t have to continue to suffer your continued insults. I guess you just couldn’t stay away. I’m flattered.
Pierre’s very intelligent response – and I note it’s not cc’d to anyone this time:
The subscription has not run out yet. It’s so easy to tickle your hate. I guess I won the bet. Pierre
Isn’t he so clever?!
Apparently Pierre and his wife Kendall run a B&B…If his notes to me are anything to go by, I am picturing Basil Fawlty at the helm.