The Dog With The Snaggletooth

Today I’m thankful for dogs.

This is our family dog.  I couldn’t find any better pictures.  I really have no words other than “here she is.”  Imagine the unlikeliest combination of breeds possible.  Take the scraggly bits of those breeds, mix them together and shorten the legs.  Then, shorten the legs again and you may have an idea of what she looks like in the flesh.  She has the IQ of soup.  She is also one of the sweetest creatures I’ve ever encountered.  Sometimes you just need something warm to hug and she serves that need pretty damn well.

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Butterflies At The Window

Today I’m thankful for kindness.

I was visiting family.  I saw a butterfly in one of their windows.  It was caught between the pane and the screen.  My brother-in-law carefully opened the window and then the screen, releasing it instead of letting it die in the window.  Butterflies generally live only for a few weeks so it probably wouldn’t have been a nuisance for very long.  The screen is old and fits the frame badly so getting it up and down again took some effort and an extra pair of hands.  It was a kind gesture by a good man.

Clean Patios and Listening

Today I’m thankful for the old gal I hang out with.

I volunteer with a group that provides respite for caregivers.  I was matched with a widow who needs some help with housekeeping.  It’s really only vacuuming.  She might have me do the bathroom if she’s feeling particularly daring.

Last time I visited I trimmed down her plants for winter and cleaned up her patio.  One of her kids was coming to visit soon.  She told me everything she had planned because she was excited.  All I had to do was listen and nod occasionally.  Don’t ever underestimate the importance of interpersonal contact.  I was probably the only other person she’d seen that day and what she wanted to share was important to her.  Visiting with her is a privilege.