ENJOY EACH DAY AS IF IT WERE YOUR VERY LAST
BY: PATTY L. FLETCHER
You know you’re going to need to work very hard to overcome a bad start to the day when you’re awakened at the unholy hour of 3:30 AM to your ginormous dog who weighs between 80 and 90 pounds throwing up in your bed. Yep, that’s how Friday morning started for me.
Though I tried mightily to get back to sleep after stripping the old blanket I keep on the bed off and putting it and Campbell’s stuffed toys into the washing machine it simply was not to be.
“Why can’t these things happen on mornings when I didn’t stay up late drinking wine and reading a book?” I grumble to no one as I stumble into the kitchen for a cup of coffee.
“Seems to me this would’ve been a good morning for sleeping in until the alarm went off at 7 but NOOO! I get to wake up to puke.”
I was just about to get really wound up when I heard Campbell Dog padding softly into the kitchen behind me. It was as if he thought I was angry with him and didn’t want to disturb me further and suddenly I felt like a real heel.
Putting my cup down onto the counter I turned around and kneeling into the floor I wrapped my arms around his neck and snuggling him close I murmured softly, “It’s alright Bubba Dog, you couldn’t help being sick. Mommy’s not upset with you. There, there, it’s OK.”
I could feel his body trembling a bit and I knew he didn’t feel well so rather than pour myself a cup of coffee I grabbed a quilt off the loveseat and calling him to follow me went back into my room.
After covering the comforter on my bed with the quilt I patted the bed and offered, “Want to lay back down boy?”
Putting his paws up onto the edge of the bed he allowed me to help him back up onto the bed and I snuggled in with him to help settle him and hopefully get him back to sleep.
As I lay there humming softly to him gently petting his fur, I thought of how selfish I’d been only thinking about myself when this sweet creature who had worked without complaint keeping me safe as I went about my life giving so much of himself to me over these past 8-years was feeling so poorly and only needed a bit of my time and love to be put back right.
After a while when I realized he’d gone back to sleep and that I was for sure not going to be as fortunate I made my way quietly out of the room and back into the kitchen where I finished filling my cup and putting it into the microwave to heat I gave thanks for Campbell and all these wonderful years the 2 of us have been together.
While the coffee was heating, I dropped a couple washing detergent pods into the washing machine and started it and then taking my coffee from the microwave made my way into the Livingroom to read email and wake up.
As I settled in, I heard Campbell tossing and turning in the bed and calling to him I asked, “Bubba, want to come and lay in here with Momma?” and a moment later he was bumbling in.
Once I had settled him into his favorite nest on the loveseat, I went back to reading mail and drinking my coffee. It’s going to be a long day for sure, but I’ve decided rather than grumble about missed sleep or more laundry needing washed, I’m going to be grateful for the fact that Campbell and I are alive to face the long day together.
I know that our time is not guaranteed even one more moment and to waste it grumbling about things that cannot be helped seems very wrong to me.
I encourage you to give thought to just how short our time can be with loved ones whether they be 4 legged or 2. I ask you to stop and think before you speak or act today in anger or haste. Ask yourself if that which you’re upset about is going to matter at the end of the day. Be sure what you’re pitching a fit about is important or if you can’t just take a breath and let it go.
Sure, we all get upset, and out of sorts sometimes, that’s the human in us but most times if we stop and think we’ll realize that much of what we fuss about is just not worth the time and negative energy we waste on it.
For now, this is Patty who is glad to be alive to enjoy another day and King Campbell Super® Seeing Eye Dog A.K.A Bubba who is glad his mommy loves him saying…
Enjoy each moment as if it were your very last. May harmony find you and blessid be.
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