I never really know what to expect when I spend time with the little people in my life. One minute I’m the pickle in the middle in a game involving one of my favorite stuffed hedgehogs. The next minute I’m being propped up across from an iPad being faux-interviewed about my life. Everything is an adventure in their minds. Everything seems new and exciting. I find inspiration in the surprises at every corner, and today was no exception.
“I love you Wiley,” Abigail said, as she gave me a random and surprisingly lung-crushing hug amidst our game of pickle in the middle this afternoon. Like many of the best of love’s most precious moments, it caught me off guard. Like the North Face jackets and Coach purses of the world, the “l-word” has lost some of its impact due to overuse.
But that doesn’t keep my little doggie mind from going crazy when I think about some of the things I love. Peanut butter. My forever people. The driver’s seat in any car. Popsicles. Long walks on sunny afternoons. My friends in the blogosphere. Aaron Rodgers. The little people in my life. My forever home. This is only a mere sample of my laundry list of people, places and things that come to mind when my heart starts to race as a side effects of thinking about the l-word.
While I am sure that no two people share the exact same list, I can also venture to say that diversity is the common thread any two lists would share. So how is it we feel these different kinds of feelings and file them all under the l-word in our personal dictionary of life?
I think it’s to do with some other l-words we all know all too well. Longing. Loss. Lies. These are some of the realities of the world in which we live. These words (and the emotional havoc they bring) are some things everyone has in common. No one’s life is perfect. If it wasn’t this it would be something else.
But in love there is victory. Relief. Truth. Life experience brings love full circle by allowing us to appreciate the good things, no matter how silly. Perhaps it is because the loss and lies that made up much of my puppyhood made me long to feel life-changing love. One of my biggest fears was that I would never find it. The l-word. Or worse, I wouldn’t feel it again after the hurt I’d experienced.
But as American industrialist Henry Ford once said, “one of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.”
I am so blessed, not only to have found so many things to love in life, but to find it coming from so many different people, places, and things. I never really know what to expect when I spend time with the little people in my life. But I find inspiration in their creativity and sense of adventure. And I live for surprises like my moment with Abigail today. They might be said too much, but those three words have yet to lose their meaning to me.
Oh Wiley, reading your doggy wisdom fills me up with loads of loving..you are such a precious critter…Abigail looks like fun!! Much love to you Wiley.
P.S. Sam and Blue say hi/woof and said they wished you could’ve walked out in the paddocks with us all today..the smells were divine, and plenty of rabbits to chase, and maybe if you’d been with us we’d have got one lol
Dear Leisa, I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed some special time with Sam and Blue on the paddocks yesterday. It sounds absolutely fabulous, and I’m honored that you thought of little ole me. Thank you also for your kind words and you love of princess Abigail. I will be sure to share an extra hug with her when I see her next to share your love with her. 🙂
Good job Wiley 🙂
Humans, wow, I finally get to see two feet. I love surprises.
Indeed – the little people on two feet are so full of love and life. They inspire me frequently with their wisdom. 🙂
Better to have loved – then to have been forever miserably alone 🙂 Everyone loves something.
And as a result the world is a better place. Thanks dear Maggie! I’ve missed you! 🙂
Awwwh! Thank you!
I have missed being active, but unfortunately my exams hare the highest priority right now.
But I’m coming back slowly and stronger.
We’re very lucky to have our lives filled with so much love, after our questionable backgrounds. I don’t need to tell you to savor every moment, Wiley. You have already taught that lesson to us! I love you (and peanut butter, too!). xoxo
Love and licks,
I love you too, Cupcake! Give that mom of yours an extra snuggle or two for me this Mom’s day, would you? 😉
I’m happy that I’ll get so much love everyday. Most we need no words, we show it each other :o) Have a wonderful Sunday:o)
You are so right. It’s not enough to say it – we need to show it. I did enjoy a wonderful Sunday and wish you a happy week, friend!
You are just so lovable, Wiles. Lovely post as always.
Thank you, and lots of love to you (as always). 😉
Getting a hug or kiss from the little people is such a treasure…they only know how to give PURE love!!!! I love you sweet Wiley!!!!
Dear Trev! I love you too! So much love happening today. Please give your little people and your mom an extra snuggle for me on this mom’s day, would you? 🙂 Wiles.
Wiles, you know I will…BIG hugs to you and your mom!!!! Hope you have a wonderful day sweet friend!!!!
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Ah, dear little people. Impart on me your wisdom.