That I Can Have
Patty L. Fletcher
April 15 2018
New Moon In the Sign of Ares
The rain fell hard and fast, hitting the roof of the deck as we started passed.
I realized it was only going to get worse, so cut our walk short by turning the corner and climbing the three wooden steps to the safety of the dry deck above.
The beast shook, flinging water all over. I laughed as I went to retrieve a towel to dry him.
I knew it was coat blowing season and I needed to get some of the loose fur off his body anyhow.
Living in a constant state of lack I’d learned long ago to use every available resource known to me, and rain water could most certainly be useful in this way.
Kneeling to dry him rubbing vigorously I listened to the rain while I worked.
“Bubba isn’t that a beautiful sound?”
“Swish Sniff went his nose in answer.
Realizing his enjoyment, I breathed the fresh wet air deeply through my nose.
At first, I could only smell the chemical factory stink a few blocks away. Then, noticing that he was sniffing and wagging I tried again.
Taking yet another deep breath this time a different smell came to me.
Doughnuts. Hot fresh doughnuts. I did not know where they were or who was making them, but I could smell them.
Knowing there was no way for me to have them I sighed in disappointment.
Then without thinking I took another deep breath. This time I could smell bacon, and with another breath came the smell of coffee.
“That I can have!”
I declared to Bubba and the rain.
Standing I released the beast to his wonderings through the house and went to pour a cup of hot strong fresh coffee.
The freshness of the rain spread through the house on the breeze bringing with it all the smells of the morning, and just like that the stress and strain of the past week was gone.
In its place a sense of peace. I did not know how, when or where, but this week I was determined to receive that which I’d been seeking for so long.
As I sat on a milk crate on my deck listening once again to the pounding rain I knew. Somehow this week it would come to me.
It would come to me.
All that which I sought would be mine.
I would want an apple, reach out my hand, and there would be an apple.
I would want a glass of wine, reach out my hand and there would be wine.
I would want a doughnut and be able to go and get it.
I could feel hunger burning inside me and I knew. Somehow, I knew that this week this would end, and that which I wanted would come to me.
I could feel the loneliness eating my spirit, and I knew. Somehow, I knew that this week he would come to me.
My prince. There would finally for me be a prince charming. A rescuer. Someone to love and care for me.
No more would I struggle. No more would I lay awake at night in fear of the lack.
I would have strong safe arms around me.
I breathed deep and I could smell him.
No more would I face trials alone.
This week, somehow it would come to me.
All that which I seek will be mine.
As the rain fell I chanted.
“That, I can have.”
More on Campbell and me.
Welcome to my Media Kit King Campbell and I are pleased to present some wondrous stories and art work to you all. Enjoy.
Bubba Tails from the Puppy Nursery at The Seeing Eye Written by Patty L. Fletcher Told by, King Campbell Lee – The Seeing Eye Dog AKA Bubba
In this magical and love filled tail, King Campbell AKA Bubba travels to the puppy nursery at The Seeing Eye to help ready a group of puppies who are just about to embark on the fabulous journey of learning to become Seeing Eye dogs. Just as he is about to finish his tail, a wee pup becomes very frightened of all that lies ahead, and one frightfully stormy night she runs away! Will King Campbell hear the urgent call from the puppy nursery in time? Will they find her and save her, so she can fulfill her destiny?
The use of Tail instead of Tale for story and Magik instead of Magic is intended for these short stories. A great play on words from King Campbell
Patty Lyne Fletcher in her own words (October 2017
About me and my crew
I’m a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom I am very proud. I have a great son-in-law and five beautiful grandchildren. Three girls, and two boys. I hope to be able to write more about them later on. I own and handle a Black Labrador from The Seeing Eye™ named Campbell Lee—a.k.a. Bubba Lee or King Campbell, to give just a couple of his nicknames.
About my blindness
I was born one and a half months premature. My blindness was caused by my being given too much oxygen in the incubator. I was partially sighted until 1991, at which time I lost my sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. I used a cane for 31 years before making the change to a guide dog.
Where I live and work
Currently, I live and work in Kingsport, Tenn. I used to work for CONTACT-CONCERN of Northeast Tennessee, Inc. I left that position in order to spend time with family and pursue my writing full time.
Why I write.
I wrote Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life to tell the story of how going to The Seeing Eye™ and getting Campbell, learning to love, handle, and work him, then coming home and adding him to my life, gave me true freedom. I tell of how changing from being a 31-year cane user to being a guide dog handler taught me things about myself I had never known before. I tell of the wonderment I experienced when I finally took that chance.
A major goal of mine is to help others who find themselves in domestic violence situations. I also want to help others learn more about mental illnesses and how different situations and environments can drastically affect those with such challenges. I tell how training affected me physically as a result of the fibromyalgia I deal with, along with the side effects of the medications I take. I focus on bipolar disorder, on how it can go horribly wrong and cause a person to behave in ways they normally would not.
Another thing I have attempted to show is how, in certain institutional settings, attachments can develop—and how those attachments can become unhealthy for all concerned if they are not handled correctly. Most simply, I want others to know more about me.
In Bubba Tails From the Puppy Nursery At The Seeing Eye, it is King Campbell Super Seeing Eye Dog A.K.A Bubba’s turn to tell his tale.
While helping to ready a group of pups to go and meet their puppy raiser families, so they too, might one-day become Seeing Eye dogs, he tells of what it was like for him, to grow up and become a Seeing Eye dog.
My hobbies include reading, writing, music, and standup comedy. I also like nature walks, light hiking, tent camping, and fishing. No, I am not afraid to bait a hook.
Music I enjoy
My favorite types of music are classic rock, rhythm and blues, and classic country, as well as some present-day country music. I also like meditation music.
My favorite books and authors
I enjoy fantasy, science fiction, and books about the supernatural. I love the books by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and many more. My favorite books include
Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series.
My spiritual faith
I am a spiritual walker. I claim no particular faith, either Christian or pagan. I simply know that there is God and Goddess, or Mother Father God, as some call her/him. I lean toward the natural approach, or Druidism (Druidry), as it promotes harmony and respect for all beings, including the environment. I am also very interested in herbs and their healing properties.
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