32 degrees. Sun shining. Snow melting.
Dog on leash. Boots on feet.
My favorite time of day is when Onyx and I walk around the neighborhood.
She sniffs. I smile.
She pulls on the leash. I close my eyes and look towards the sun.
Ever since Onyx came into my life, I have loved her energy; her puppy playfulness has kept me on my toes. Inside the house we play fetch, tug-of-war, occasionally knock down glasses of water on the coffee table. We have fun.
But the sad truth is, I do not have a backyard for her to freely pounce around and wear down some of that oh-so-lovable energy. Each time I put on my shoes or my coat, I see her chocolate eyes beg me to take her for a w…wa…wal…walk.
There I said it! Her head turns and her eyes are fixated. “This winter has been long and cold, but it will be over soon,” I say to her, but I soon realize that today is different. The sun is shining! As I grab her leash, there is no holding back. Her slim forty pound body spins around in circles almost making me dizzy. “Finally!” I know she’s thinking.
As she tugs and tugs on the leash, speeding up our walk, smelling all the outside neighborhood has to offer, I realize something; not only does Onyx need the exercise outside, but I do too. Before today, I have limited myself to running on an elliptical in a gym or stretching in a yoga studio. But today, all bundled up, we absorbed the bright rays of far-infrared energy and vitamin D into our eyes, lightened our mood and surely my waist-line. Nothing can replace that feeling of the sun on my face, and the tug of a happy dog on the leash.
Walk you in the tall trees
Going where the wind goes
Blooming like a red rose
Breathing more freely
Light out singing
I’ll walk you in the morning sunshine
Walk you in the sunshine
The Grateful Dead
It ceases to amaze me, as an independent person, I am constantly learning. As the renowned Robert Hunter wrote and Jerry Garcia sang, “Once in a while, you get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if you look at it right.” For me, the light continues to shine. Just this weekend, I had visitors over to my home. As soon as they walked in the door, Onyx (fun loving pup she is) greeted them by jumping like a kid on a pogo stick. To my suprise, they stood statuesque…
I must have had a perplexed look upon my face because the little girl went on to explain that she wouldn’t “say hi” to Onyx until she calmed down and sat nicely. After a few minutes passed, Onyx did calm down and sat nicely. “Whew,” I thought. That was the longest three minutes I’ve experienced in a long time. I must have held in my breath as I felt my chest exhale and my head clear. It makes perfect sense: don’t give her positive attention until she is acting in a manor that warrants it. Lesson learned.
I’d like to think that I am learning from each and every experience I encounter. However, when a lesson such as this jumps out in front of me, I have to be grateful for the lyrics that spread their tentacles through my thoughts reminding me that I am never too old to learn. Scarlet Begonias.
As a single mom of a two year old tabby cat (Aprilily) I’ve had the blessing of adding to my family a 14 month old Lab-Pit mix (Onyx). This new addition to my life has not only created space for schedules changes, but also cuddling, playing catch, and just plain love! Throughout the first two weeks, I have to admit, I was a bit anxious, nervous, and frazzled. I thought to myself, “How do women do this with an actual baby? I mean a living, breathing human being?” However this past month, I have found, through patience and persistence, that I too can be a loving, caring mommy. I look forward to reflecting upon the lessons this wonderful creature will bring into my life.