Contrast and Life’s Simple Pleasures

Thunder rumbled in the distance as she and her beautiful black and very large Labrador sat on the deck enjoying their supper together. While she knew dogs weren’t to have very much table food if any at all she could not resist sharing a bite of the bread from her sandwich she’d ordered from the deli down the way with him. If a chip accidentally fell from her hand just once during the meal would the entire world end.
So much of the time neither of them had even so much as a smidgen of respite from the daily stress of life and it seemed such a little thing.
She never would do anything to compromise the strict and quite expensive training her guide had received from the school she loved and admired so much but she did understand that even he had to cut loose every now and then.
Many called her a rigid handler. She kept him on a tight leash when out in the public. Refusing even the slightest pet unless they were standing or sitting inactive from any movement. Making sure he was given obedience training every-day without fail and keeping his skills honed to a sharp edge all the time not to mention that she kept his feeding and relief times on a very timed schedule. She didn’t mind. Time after time he’d proven that all those things paid off in a huge way. He’d endured many trials and hardships with her over their 7 years together even going into a nursing therapy facility with her for an entire month while she’d recovered from what had been a near death experience without so much as one blunder.
Now she sat enjoying the cool of the evening and the satisfied feeling she had as she finished her supper and second beer.
“Why?” She wondered as she sat listening to thunder muttering in the distance. “Why? Can’t we have this type of satisfaction every-day? Is it too much to ask that we have our needs met without struggle and strife? Is it too much to ask that our bills can be paid every-month on time and without having to do without such simple pleasures of life each day?”
As she gathered the trash from their meal and readied them to go back into the house she prayed…
“Thank you for the setting sun. Thanks to you now our day is done all our needs they are met. Thanks to you for what we have and for what we have not yet.”
It was all she could do to keep from saying…
“Can you not see to this all the time please?”
She knew that sounded selfish and ungrateful but if she could only make enough money so that they did not have to always be on the edge all the time it would be so very grand.
“I suppose if we did not have contrast these small times of pleasure would not seem so wonderful but how I would love to have what I need all the time without so much worry.”
When the door had swung shut behind them and she’d set the kitchen right again she made her way into the living room and to her favorite chair and as a crash of thunder roared over-head she knew somehow everything would in the end be alright.

About Patty L. Fletcher

About Patty October 2021 Patty and her guide dog Blue. Patty has her hair tied back in a low ponytail and rests her right hand on Blue's head. She wears a white shirt with a pink and purple butterfly on the front and light blue shorts. Blue is a handsome black lab. He wears a brown leather harness with a handle attached to the back and is smiling at the camera as he sits in front of Patty. In the background is a brick building with white, windowed doors and a flowerpot overflowing with pink and yellow blooms. Updated – October 2021 Patty Fletcher is a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom she is enormously proud. She has a great son-in-law and six beautiful grandchildren. From April 2011 through September 2020, she owned and handled a black Labrador from The Seeing Eye® named King Campbell Lee Fletcher A.K.A. Bubba. Sadly, after a long battle with illness on September 24, 2020, King Campbell went to the Rainbow Bridge where all is peace and love. In July 2021, she returned to The Seeing Eye® and was paired with a Black Labrador Golden Retriever cross named Blue. PATTY’S BLINDNESS… Patty was born one and a half months premature. Her blindness was caused by her being given too much oxygen in the incubator. She was partially sighted until 1991, at which time she lost her sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. She used a cane for 31 years before making the change to a guide dog. WHERE SHE LIVES AND WORKS… Currently, Patty lives and works in Kingsport, Tenn. She’s the creator and owner of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist), The Writer’s Grapevine Online Magazine and the creator and host of the Talk to Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing Podcast. WRITING GOAL… Patty writes with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disabled from the non-disabled. HOBBIES… Patty’s hobbies include reading, music, and attending book clubs via Zoom. FAVORITE TUNES… Some of her favorite types of tunes are classic rock, rhythm and blues, and classic country. FAVORITE READS… Patty enjoys fantasy, science fiction, and books about the supernatural. She loves books by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Norah Roberts, and many more. Some favorite books include Norah Roberts’ Hide Away, 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. SPIRITUAL FAITH… Patty describes herself as a spiritual Walker. She says she knows both Mother Goddess and Father God and embraces all they have to offer. CONTACT… Email: Visit: And: As well as:
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