Monday, December 20, 2010
Ummm, just a thought~
This afternoon, although a splash of nip infiltrated the air we set about our journey in the neighborhood. Hurricane is an extremely powerful creature and he’s been taught when other dogs approach to lie on his belly and ‘wait’ for others to pass before we continue on, so he’s not jumping all over other dogs and people. This way I don’t have to attempt to control him without pulling my arms out of their socket. Well, I’ll tell you a secret; this is about as effective as telling a toddler not to touch a shiny glass ornament hanging on the Christmas tree. It just doesn’t always happen!
We were marching at a somewhat brisk pace when Hurricane spotted a gentleman with his gaze downward strolling at a deliberate slow rate as if mulling over a thought in his mind. Hurricane glanced upward and immediately bellied-down with his muzzle placed between his two front paws. The man stopped in close enough proximity to reach out and touch Hurricane, to which he did.
Being the loving, attention hungry dog he is, he sat straight up and placed his head beneath the man’s hand indicating the desire to be petted. The man’s slight smile signified Hurricane’s behavior was acceptable and welcomed.
We stood momentarily, both sets of eyes fixed on Hurricane’s salutation and contentment at being stroked and caressed when I finally commented to Hurricane, ‘There, did that make you happy?’
To which the man fleetingly peeked into my eyes and replied, ‘It sure made me happy!’
I proceeded on while a thought crept into my mind; what trouble-free gestures do we present over the course of any given day that has the power to make someone happy? Or to add joy to a somewhat seemingly dismal day?
I for one will attempt to be more cognizant of that power within my grasp.