Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Some Moments Can't Be Rushed

The remote opens the garage door so I can drive inside.
I open the door to the house where Lexi waits for me.
Her tail wags like a helicopter blade-- she hovers,
waits for me to put down my purse and keys,
jumps up and down for attention then, just my touch
is assurance enough. She can run outside ahead of me.

Outside the garage she waits for me to catch up.
Once I clear the garage, she takes off, hops through the grass,
looks for the perfect spot to go. This can’t be hurried.
I clip shrubbery and roses while she chases her tail,
her sign that life is so good she can’t contain herself.

I put my sheers down and she knows it’s time to walk
to the mailbox across the gravel road. I fetch the mail and Lexi
fetches a stick so she can play on the way there and back.
She jumps on my leg when I retrieve the mail, wants me
to throw her a piece of junk mail to rip apart. I do. Pick-up
is a small price for the joy she has and I get to watch.

Journey is over, we can both relax. Lexi gets fresh water
and I get a diet coke. She lies on the tile floor to cool off
before she makes her way to me. She snuggles into her
seat on the couch and sighs as she looks over at me, her
head down, ready for her nap. I pick up the computer, a book,
or knitting and I think I sigh, too.  We take the same journey
together each day when I get home.  It’s a time that can’t be rushed.


Shersim said...

This is such a pleasant slice of life, so full of homey details and silent love. It makes me want to put my feet up and stay a while.

Peggy said...

Peaceful and happy Judy! Good details. I'd want to sit and stay as well!

Ann said...

What a nice piece of your day you shared with us, Judy.

Mary said...

Ordinary days are to be savored. Dogs know how to live. We need to learn from them...and not rush.

Victoria said...

Sweet domestic detail - glad you don't rush it.

Glenda Beall said...

Judy, I love Lexi. What a cute pup and what a nice greeting and ritual you and Lexi have. We often take those moments for granted until we don't have them anymore.
I'm glad you relish these moments.

Mary Mansfield said...

Wow, I think my dog could take a lesson or two from yours about slowing down and enjoying life...that demonic little ball of energy whizzes around the house at full speed all day long! Love the peaceful serenity of an ordinary day that you've captured here.

kaykuala said...

It's blissful to share moments of innocence upon arriving home. Great write Judy!


Kerry O'Connor said...

This simple joy afforded by a beloved dog is poetry enough.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh my favorite read this morning, Judy. I love stories of happy and well loved dogs. We had a bunch of them here this weekend - EIGHT! It was fun.

Karen said...

Your details make Lexie so real that I think I know her. Lucky both of you to find joy in each other.

PattiKen said...

What a lovely way to end the day. Why in the world would you want to rush that?

Herotomost said...

Nice to have a traveling buddy, no matter how short or long the journey. Hard to come by friends that good these days...enjoyed this, made me smile.

Mystic_Mom said...

So good that you and Lexi can cherish these moments...they are so wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

Kim Nelson said...

Lovely telling of a precious, albeit ordinary, scene; you prove that the ordinary is the precious.

Margaret said...

Pick-up is a small price for the joy she has and I get to watch

So sweet :)

Ella said...

Lovely to read! She is adorable...I enjoyed reading your words~