Friday, September 21, 2012

Perfect Moments

I don't think it's any secret that I have had a rough week.  I missed the gene that some of my family members have where they can just hide their rough weeks, rough days, disappointed expectations under a beaming, radiant, sparkling face and personality.  I pretty much wear my heart of my sleeve... all the time.

That being said, Thursday started looking up.
It started with a headache... but it diminished as the day went on.
My day flew by with my students and meetings going smoothly and then ending in no time!

In addition, I began re-listening to an awesome audiobook I just finished in the car (Pioneer Woman, From Black Heels to Tractor Wheels, if anyone is looking for a book recommendation), and she runs over her sweet Pug with her car.

I had heard this part of the story before, but yesterday, when I heard, it I made a mental note to spend some special time cherishing my animals that afternoon.

I usually try to enjoy my animals... but this week, with my stress level on overload, some big disappointments, some rough meetings, and what feels like more work than I can complete in two full-time jobs, I have not been cherishing my animals.  More often than not, I've been annoyed with my animals.

Yesterday, after vowing to especially love-on my animals, I arrived home in a flurry, picked up coolers and drove them to school for my hubby, then promptly came back home and started working again!

Well into my work emails, my puppy came up, rubbed against me, and put his nose under my arm in an effort to get my hand off of the computer keyboard and onto him for a loving rub-down.  My first instinct was to push him away, make him lay down, and get to him later... until I remembered the Pioneer Woman's story and imagined my life without my wonderful dog.

I disengaged from my emails and hugged him like I haven't in weeks.  I let him jump up on the couch next to me (a special treat for him) and just pet him and hugged him and cherished him for these perfect moments!  He hadn't been on the couch more than a minute when his sort of got his weight off-balanced and then leaned toward me... and before I knew it, I was pawed/pinned to the couch and he was on top of me with a great puppy smile on his face.

It was as though Lloyd was saying, "I finally have your undivided attention, and I'm not letting you get back to work until I've had my fill!"

It was such a perfect moment of just treasuring my dog.  Stopping my work right where I was -- it was there when Lloyd wandered away -- and loving on my dog that moment he was asking for it, and cherishing that I have a wonderful dog to cherish.

And I typed that sentence, Lexie just came up curled up on my lap.  My animals do have a knack for knowing when I have work to do.  :-D  Now it's time to cherish here for a few moments!
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1 comment:

  1. Aw, that is so sweet! Glad your week started looking better.


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