Tuesday, June 25, 2013

What more will I explore?


Sallie here! 

Exploring my driveway in the sunshine. 


Everyone has been busy at our house. Dawn's friend passed away, disappearing like a spring flower gone much too fast. He was 38 years old. 



At the same time, it has been twenty years since Dawn graduated high school. I curled next to her while she flipped through her yearbook, preparing to meet fellow students she hadn't seen since then. 

"Funny how what was stressful back then is humorous now," she said, as she scratched that sweet spot behind my left ear. "Tears over breakups, pimples before dates, not enough money for that concert EVERYONE was going to. I wish I had such problems!" she laughed. "Twenty years, plans thrown awry by twists of fate and mother nature. I didn't realize back then that life is like one big amusement park, complete with the scariest, silliest, most thrilling, awe inspiring, heartbreaking rides you could possibly imagine." 

She put down the book, I jumped down from the couch, and we headed outside into sunshine, ready to brave the world. 



Whether you are a newly blind dog like me exploring the driveway, a space alien searching the stars, or a human fumbling along this road called life, there is a way. Not clearly marked or defined as we may wish, but all the more challenging so we grow. The best part is knowing that we aren't alone. If I stop and sniff the air, I can tell my safety net is there. 

Thanks to everyone who has grabbed an edge of my net at one point in my life, tightened my belt on the roller coaster, cushioned my shoulders on the bumper cars. I was aware--and the memory warms me now. 

I'll use my teeth and dig in my claws to keep hold of you. 

Hopefully we won't get knocked around too much. 



18 comments:

Molly The Wally said...

So glad you can still explore Sallie. Our Pips eye sight is bad now too but she is coming up to 16. We have to be careful and be her safety net as well. One of the good things about growing old you can laugh at the past. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Best wishes Molly

Lovable Lily said...

Way to go Sallie! Looks like you are doing great navigating around.

Ahhh, life's lessons! The school of hard knocks only makes us stronger.

Hugs,
Lily Belle & Muffin

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

What a FABULOUS Post!! LIFE is GOOD.

Amber DaWeenie said...

Sallie...your furiends are always here to guide you and give you love.

Kari in Alaska said...

Love that happy tail in the first pic :)

Stop on by for a visit
Kari
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Two French Bulldogs said...

Sorry to hear about your friend
Benny & Lily

stellaroselong said...

We are also sorry to hear about your friend, and we sure enjoyed this post today. Aren't our friends grand, and so well at holding the lifeline when we need it the most.
stella rose
so good to see you back! Hey alien have to met my brother angus yet, cos i bet he would really like to go to the moon or somewhere far off with you, you could even leave him for awhile....bahahahhaha

Dip-Dip and the Bridge said...

We are so glad you are happy with life and enjoying the sunshine Sallie and best of all you have someone who loves you.
So sorry to read about your friend.
Dip Bridge and Elliot x

scotsmad said...

Only 38...sad.

Glad you're back. Blindness is a nuisance. SHE taught blind children for years and they just get on with life! We all need our support staff. We're so happy you have yours.

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & roxy

sprinkles said...

So sorry for the loss of your friend. So young, too!

Glad that you're enjoying the sunshine.

meowmeowmans said...

HI Sallie! It's so nice to see you and to hear that you are doing well. We love you sweet girl. We do.

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

What a beautiful post, Sallie!!! We are so happy to see you doing so well. We love your attitude.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

The Websters said...

You are very very brave. We know you can do it and still explore and have a good time.

Nora

chicamom85 said...

I am sorry to read about your friend.


Sallie, you are so brave, I am proud to know you!!!


Loveys Sasha

houndstooth said...

We're sorry to hear about Dawn's friend! It's never easy to lose someone. We are very happy that you are grabbing life by the tail, though! :)

Bunny

Madi and Mom said...

Hi Sallie
Mom and I are pleased to see you exploring your world w your extra sensitive nose...I bet you are learning new things about your world.

We are sorry about Dawn's friend. Mom's head was bobbing up and down in agreement w Dawn. Oh to have 18 year old problems
Lots of hugs
Madi your friend

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

What lovely life affirming thoughts! As the White Dog Army always says, "We can get through anything together!" Thanks for sharing your journey with us.

Molly The Wally said...

We wish you and your family a very happy 4th of July. May you have a wonderful holiday. Enjoy the day.
Best wishes Molly

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