Monday, May 20, 2013

Simple Pleasures

I had a coupon for buy one / get one free frozen yogurt cup, so had to wrestle my daughter into the car and force her to head over to TCBY (not!).
"Can we bring the dogs?" she asked.
Honeybun and Lucky both looked hopefully at me, wagging their tails. Since every trip for the past two weeks has been to the vet, it seemed smart to take them out just for fun.

Except, as Asherel and I munched our yogurt in the car while the dogs watched, we realized it was probably not nearly as much fun for them as they had hoped. We could not share our yogurt with them because we both had gotten chocolate toppings. Chocolate is toxic to dogs, and therefore, also not fun for them to ingest.
"Don't we have anything in the car we can give them?" asked Asherel
"Well, we have peanut granola bars," I said. I read over the list of ingredients. It was mostly peanuts and honey. So we broke the bar in half and gave the dogs the granola bar while we slurped our yogurt and the rain fell in cascades around the car.
The honey made the bars last a while as the dogs smacked the chewy treat. This is a simple pleasure, I thought, and we have not really had many simple pleasures lately.

I woke up with a happy thought, "Today is the day!" I don't know what it will be the day of, but I feel a bubble of optimism rising to the surface. Honeybun has been walking well the past two days, with almost no limping, even first thing in the stiff morning. We are closing in on the end of the school year, and the rain is supposed to be tapering off today. I want to try to find a simple pleasure each day and focus on it, I decided, thinking of the frozen yogurt in the car with the daughter and dogs I love all munching happily, the rain tapping a symphony on the roof.

Psalm 118:24
This is the day that The Lord hath made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

-save a dog-

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