That's what our oldest child once said to her pediatrician during a checkup.
I could see her doctor was a little surprised by this insistent pronouncement, and I figured unless I quickly explained why she'd said that, we'd soon be on a list for family counseling, or at least to see a child psychologist.
At the time we had neighbors en route to Brazil staying with us, and everything was going wrong.
Their furniture had been shipped, but they were still dealing with getting their oldest off to college, along with her horse, a station wagon and horse trailer. They were also in the process of selling another horse that ate some toxic weeds and required twice-daily veterinarian visits.
Every day something seemed to go wrong with their dogs, their packing, their kids, their horses, the sale of their house or the government paperwork. Their departure kept getting delayed.
And every day our friend announced, "There's a black cloud sitting over us!"
Clearly it left an impression on our then 4-year-old daughter, who had decided her doctor should know about this situation.
New Milford residents could be excused for thinking black clouds have been stalled over town the past few months.
The news of layoffs at Kimberly-Clark and Nestlé - for decades two of the town's largest employers - and the shock of three horrific murders in one week this fall left more than a few wondering, "What next?"
Thankfully New Milford is a town where violent crime is rare.
But when things are going wrong, it's easy to forget all the things that are going right, and that black clouds can obscure for the moment those silver linings.
There is a lot going right in New Milford.
Town Council meetings are more civil than they have been in years. Students in our schools are excelling academically and in sports and other activities. Downtown revitalization work is continuing.
As many have said, New Milford is a resilient town.
It's been an absolutely gorgeous fall and every time I've driven to work along the Housatonic River and into the village center the past few weeks, I've been struck by the fabulous blaze of fall colors and the incredible beauty of the area where I live and work.
Last month, we had family from California staying with us on two separate occasions. Both couples chose to make their visits in October to enjoy the beauty of the Litchfield Hills in the fall.
And this month, Connecticut Magazine's ranking of the state's largest towns brings a reminder that New Milford is a great place to reside.
New Milford managed to squeak past Newtown and tie with Cheshire to rank third of 24 towns in the state with populations between 25,000 and 50,000 for quality of life.
The town is right there behind Westport, which ranked second, and Glastonbury, which ranked first.
Newtown missed joining the tie by five-tenths of a point.
The ratings take into consideration a number of factors. The magazine calls them the "categories that seem important to most people searching for a new home" - education, economy, cost of living, crime, leisure and culture opportunities.
It states that New Milford and Glastonbury serve "as a model of how to build a pleasant, stable living environment, with good schools, low crime, cultural outlets, good places to eat and still plenty of open space."
While its overall score put New Milford in third place, it ranked sixth in crime and education and eighth in economy and leisure of the 24 towns.
The town's cost-of-living rank, based on the median price of a house and the local property tax burden, was 17th of the 24 communities.
The crime rankings are based on major crime statistics, including murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor-vehicle theft reported between 2000 and 2002 per thousand population.
The education score is based on Mastery Test, Connecticut Academic Performance Test and SAT scores. The percentage of students passing a standard physical-fitness test and the percentage of 2003 public high school graduates who went on to four-year colleges are also used to determine the education score.
In the past, expenditures per pupil were also a factor, but they were not listed this time.
According to Connecticut Magazine, the strength of the local economy was determined by the 2004 Public Investment Community score, which rates all state towns using a formula that factors in data related to population, income, grand lists, unemployment and mill rates as well as aid to children.
The leisure-culture category takes into consideration local library statistics as well as the opportunities provided by "theaters, museums, festivals, concert venues, historic sites" and media outlets, state parks and forests, golf courses, voter turnout in the 2000 presidential election and "good local restaurants."
Area towns also did well.
Ridgefield ranked No. 1 in the group of 30 towns that have populations between 15,000 and 25,000. Brookfield ranked 12th and Bethel 18th.
New Fairfield came in sixth among the 23 towns with populations between 10,000 and 15,000.
Danbury tied with Milford for seventh of 17 towns with populations over 50,000. Despite having the highest cost of living of the 17 towns, Greenwich still managed to be No. 1 in that group.
Towns with populations of less than 10,000 are ranked in the spring.
While it is nice to receive such a high ranking, I know that New Milford is a town that has much more to celebrate than a rating based on statistics in a few categories that are a couple of years old.
You can't quantify the friendliness factor, a hometown feeling or community concern for the less fortunate, all of which make New Milford a special place.
But coming at a time when it seems there have been black clouds hanging overhead, the latest Connecticut Magazine ranking is a reminder that New Milford has a lot of good things going for it.