Our dog, Ari, was under a year old when she came to live with us and when she was three, our grandson CJ joined the family also at the age of three. We weren’t sure how Ari would be with kids or how CJ would be with a dog. It was love at first sight.
CJ has always felt a kinship toward Ari because they are close in age. We don’t have the heart to tell him that dogs age faster than children do! I have loved watching these two grow up together to the ripe old age of eight! And when little Beej was born, Ari became a “mom” and we’ve witnessed her growing into that self-proclaimed position.
Ari has taught her boys how to share and how to handle it when your playmate won’t give up a toy. She has shown them that beds, chairs and laps, no matter how small, are always big enough for one more. She instilled in them the importance of reading by being a great listener when they have shared books with her. And because of her attentiveness inside the house and in the outside world, that you always watch out for the people you love.
Most important of all, I think she taught them how important it is to be kind to others, just because it is the right thing to do. And I’m happy to report that this life lesson is coming along nicely!
“This is why every kid needs a dog and every dog needs a kid!” -Unknown
I love photography challenges. One of these days, I’ll actually sit down with my DSLR camera and figure out how to use it! Until then, my iPhone does a pretty good job of capturing the pictures that I want. There’s nothing like a good challenge- like this week’s for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, which is a word which starts with the letter V and has at least six letters.
Beej recently discovered the fun of game pieces. They are precious cargo on trains. They march in straight lines. Organizing them into color or style groups is also fun for a three year old so it was no surprise when I found chess queens jumbled up in a pile.
These days any house with a little boy probably has its own supply of Lightning McQueens on hand.
I enjoy all of Cee’s Photo Challenges but this week’s challenge for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter P is more of a challenge than last week’s Letter O (which only had to have the letter O in the word). There are a few guidelines- the word must begin with a letter P and be at least five letters long. It sounds simple enough but if you’re anything like me, well, what seemed like an easy challenge had me drawing a blank! Using a little creativity, I was able to rise to the challenge. (Maybe the challenge should have been- how many times can you use the word challenge in one paragraph??? Yeah, I’m cringing just a bit here!)