Gabe thinks he is master of the universe when he's out running in the pasture.
|Can you tell I was lying on my belly on the ground to take this picture?|
The grandson and his wife got a new Great Dane puppy last weekend. He seems to have the same disposition as Titan, the Great Dane they used to have. Gabe is happy to have a playmate come and see him.
Here's a picture of me holding Sophie when Amber first got her. There's sort of a story behind this picture: I'd been crying all day and had to force a smile for the camera because my dog, Mandy, had been run over earlier the same day. There seems to be a pattern here: One dog dies, another one comes along.
I had a wonderful friend named Shirley, now deceased, who loved all animals with a passion I couldn't understand. In fact, I laughed about how she worried about varmints like the opossums and raccoons, when I've hated them for being chicken-killers. Shirley (I always called her by her nickname, 2E) wrote little poems, essays, and such. After living most of her life across the river in Richmond, she and her husband moved to Napoleon, and that's where she lived when I first met her. She worked at the rest home in Richmond, so she had quite a little drive through the country to work. She got truly depressed at all the road kill she saw on her drive. Back then I'd tell Cliff about it and we'd laugh together about her concern, because in our book, the only good possum is a dead possum. The same goes for raccoons. But she had a tender heart.
Putting words on paper was sort of a therapy for her, and she finally came to accept all that death by writing a little story she entitled "The Circle of Life", which she typed off and shared with me. I think she might have even given me a copy at the time, but I don't seem to have it now. Her daughters came by after her death and shared some things of hers they thought I'd like, and I asked them about that particular essay. They don't recall it. In a nutshell, she wrote that she was was finally able to deal with all those dead animals by realizing death is a part of the circle of life. One dies, another is born, and life goes on. Once she looked at the big picture, she could deal with it. Her essay came to mind this weekend when Amber called, sobbing, to tell me she was ready to put Sophie down, and then on the same day, Arick and Heather got a new puppy.
It sure left a big hole when Shirley Coen left this world.
I've read two books in the last four days. The first, "All the Ugly and Wonderful Things", is probably the most riveting book I've ever read. My emotions were all over the place. Some folks might not want to finish it, once they get halfway through it. It's a good book, it just shook me up, and I can't get it out of my head. There's some pretty explicit sex in it (not romantic sex). I don't want to recommend a book without giving that warning, because some people might want to pass on it. Then today I finished "Little Fires Everywhere", another one that makes you think about your values. Why is it so easy to find a great book to read, yet so difficult to find a movie I like?
I believe that's it for today.