I think of this life, how we move through it, relate to it and the people we encounter, wondering sometimes why it is we connect to those who become an attachment to our lives, stuck like a happy piece of Velcro to our hearts. We find ourselves in unexpected places sometimes, and often making a connection, perhaps with a smile, a word of positivity or a hug to console.
I heard a front screen door slam this morning and children’s voices, excitedly telling their mom that there were dogs out there. We were on our morning walk with the pups and two small boys came tentatively towards us, one asking if he could pet them. I turned and smiled, told them they’d love to be petted and that they were friendly. They took turns stroking Chi as Apple stood there with her Apple smile, staring past the boys who were holding up her squirrel hunt but stood stoicly while they reached out to pet her too. They smiled and looked back at their mother who stood by the house holding an infant in diapers, she raised her hand with a wave and I returned a wave, told the boys to have fun at school and we were back on our way. I turned back and as they walked to the bus stop, they kept turning around and waving, excitement and smiles lit them with a happy glow.
One small gesture that probably made their day that much more special. The dogs chose the direction we took this morning, and perhaps they knew that two children needed a bit of dog love , that’s how the universe works, casting magic when least expected.
I am always energized by the little energy nudge this world gives, whether it’s an unexpected email from a friend carrying within a beautiful poem, or a letter of encouragement and love in the mail, or a piece of Key Lime pie delivered with a single candle from a special waitress for a birthday gift, so many wonderful things happen, we just have to stop sometimes and recognize each one and know how blessed we are. Friends, family and strangers all bring little pieces of happy to our lives, I love this universe and its gifts. We are indeed blessed.
The Apple post got a lot of love too, so today I thought I’d share the first photos I saw of the girls. The first was Chi’s SPCA pic and below is Apples from Manhatten animal control. Our two goofy happy blessings…and we hit a record today of an hour and twenty minutes for our walk….guess who’s tuckered out now? Enjoy your gifts my friend, each and every day.