well, Autumn/Halloween decorations, that is. Autumn colors are temporarily delayed due to our wacky weather. Leaves are confused, as are small children who like to wear shorts every day and don’t like their clothing options to vary greatly, as they have had to do to satisfy our up and down weather.
While I had hoped to have some cool textures of outside Autumn wonders, I have to settle for my indoor decorations this week!
Where do you belong? Where’s your safe space? Where do you go when you need to feel inspired or cheered up?
In a big city or small town. On road trips. At museums, zoos, concerts. Inside or outside. Spread out separately all in our own spaces or crowded into a small room together. Hungry, tired, crabby. Happy, silly, adventurous. In tears and laughter.
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
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