BOULDER JUNCTION, WIâ€”In what is being called revolutionary and ground-breaking news around the country, the simple couple from Boulder Junction, Wisconsin, Mary and Timothy Dawson, have high hopes that they will adopt a highway.
The Dawsonâ€™s had been trying to have a child for the past three years, but it just wasnâ€™t working. â€śWe went to our doctor,â€ť Mary said, â€śand he told us we were going to have to look at other options. He suggested possible sperm donation, or adopting a child, but none of these were for us.â€ť
Timothy Dawson was insistent that, â€śwe do it right,â€ť and he wanted their parenting experience to be all it should be.
I asked the Dawsonâ€™s, as an inquisitive reporter, the obvious question: What led you to adopt a highway?
â€śWell, Flagstaff,â€ť Mary said as she became starry-eyed, â€śit was more of a split second decision. Timmy and I were driving down I-77 and we saw the adopt-a-highway sign and we knew. Itâ€™s one of those intuitive things thatâ€™s too hard to explain.â€ť
â€śI think we picked him because he was so cute,â€ť Tim Dawson said. â€śHe has these nice curves and beautiful forests surrounding him. Iâ€™m not saying heâ€™s not rough around the edges (arenâ€™t we all),â€ť he chuckled, â€śI mean thereâ€™s the industrial plant here and there, but on the whole he is just a wonderful thing.â€ť
The Dawsonâ€™s have been very influential in the upbringing of their highway. They have been to private traffic school on many occasions to make sure that they give only the best to their adopted-son, who they call Ronny.
â€śWe try to be with him every day. We really stress the importance of hygiene and cleanliness, but for some reason he always seems to have garbage and bottles all over his room,â€ť Mary said. â€śKids these days.â€ť
The adoption papers are still underway, but the Dawsonâ€™s are very happy with their adopted highway. â€śSo far, itâ€™s really all we hoped it would be, and so much more,â€ť said Mary. â€śI couldnâ€™t have asked for a better part of I-77.â€ť