Enjoy Each Day As If It Were Your Last

ENJOY EACH DAY AS IF IT WERE YOUR VERY LAST

BY: PATTY L. FLETCHER

JANUARY 2019

 

 

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.

 

Legal Notes THE SEEING EYE® and SEEING EYE® are registered trademarks of The

Seeing Eye, Inc.See: http://www.SeeingEye.org

 

 

 

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: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com Visit: https://pattysworlds.com/ And: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/PattyFletcher As well as: https://www.amazon.com/Patty-L.-Fletcher/e/B00Q9I7RWG
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