I have been very busy lately. A full time job as a clinical pharmacist working overnights in a busy emergency room. A hectic schedule working on my PhD in health studies and a doting mom and grandmother and committed wife who loves and fights with her husband of 4 years, 2 months and 2 weeks. 🙂 Not to mention the responsibilities of being the eldest daughter to my parents (some self imposed) but, there, never the less.
Throw into this fracas, a lovable and rambunctious lab mix named Tiger. I have always had a dog in my life. I speak of the four legged variety of course. Each has provided me comfort and affection and a sense of joy. Just watching a dog prance about as they sniff and investigate kittens and butterflies and other small moving creatures can bring a smile to the grumpious demeanor.
But, sad to say, I have not always treated my sweet Tiger as I should. Sometimes, his dinner has been late, he has been in his crate more for my convenience than his protection, I have expected him to behave when I have neglected his training and his care and I have in frustration, said no, more times that I care to admit.
But, no matter, my faults and my terrible lacks or parental oversight, he has never once not run to me with that look of, happy to see you in his lovely brown eyes. He has laid those oversized paws on my shoulders and licked my face in greetings even when his dinner was late the day before and the day before that. He has played with me, entertaining me with his antics, making my day more pleasant, even as I have left him alone to entertain himself.
Dogs are forgivers to those they love. They are able to separate our character mistakes from the integrity and truth of our hearts and do not begrudge us their affection.
Boomer wisdom would encourage us to seek to be more like our sweet pets. Who even though slighted by those we love, are able to forgive. To look at the special people in our lives who are truly on this earth for a very short period of time and not to waste those moments, remembering the mistakes they make or the hurts they caused, but, to run to them at every opportunity with love in our eyes and put our arms about them and forgive. To kiss their sweet faces, making memories that one day will be so precious, for one day, that is all we will have. To know that you did not waste that chance to love will mean so much to you then. Dogs have it right. Don’t wait for an apology or the right time. Go!Run!Jump! Right into the lap/arms/embrace of someone you care about today.
Blessings to you all!