Yeah, yeah, I know. Chores, lists, bills, a book, all waiting for me, starving for attention, calling my name like a bunch of squabbling kids as soon as I step through the door.
I ignore them - I'm getting good at that. Actually, I think I've always been good at that.
Instead, I call the feathered, furry critters and head in the direction of the pond for another walk. In a blink, springtime will be just another soft memory, replaced with either scorching days of sunshine and drought or day upon day of rain and flash floods...in other words, a Central Texas summer. I don't want to waste a single minute of spring while it's here.
Belle loves the tall wild grasses bordering the pond - she rockets through them, leaps over fallen branches, ..a black blur zipping around and between my legs and Max's. We just stand and grin, watching her. It reminds me of days long ago - so long ago! - spent at playgrounds watching my kids zipping back and forth with so much energy it exhausted me! Seems like forever ago.
Seems like yesterday.
...I'm slipping into Contemplation Mode. In a week I'll be another year older (how can that be?) and my Thinker always goes into high gear right before my birthday...sorting through old memories...taking stock of where I am, where I've been, where I'm going...wondering how I can still feel 18 on the inside, but on the outside...no, I won't go there. I'm wishing I knew then what I know now. Now I understand that saying about youth being wasted on the young...
Boy, that makes me feel old!
Last year I stepped through a doorway from the 40's into the 50's - a birthday worthy of red hats, Rhythm Dawgs, and cage dancing...a huge celebration surrounded by friends, celebrating our friendship, celebrating our shared passage together.
I've enjoyed this year in the doorway, despite some health issues that caught me by surprise and some missed postponed goals. But I'm being pulled farther along the passageway; in comparison, this one...this number 51...just seems a bit anti-climatic, and I'm not sure why.
Maybe I'll figure it out this week. I'll get back to you...
In the meantime, check out this cute puppy...