Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Til Death Does Us Part September 21, 2013

It’s not my fault. I’m a terrier. I’m programmed to stay alert. Sure, that means I tend to be easily distracted, but I hardly classify myself as having attention-deficit disorder.

It happened again today while dad and mom made dinner. They fired up the grill and made some steaks and lobster tails and asparagus and potatoes. It was quite the feast. All the grilled goodness wafted through the neighborhood air and made my little dog nose drool in hopes that I might receive some scraps after dinner (which I did, of course).

While the food cooked, dad and I played fetch as we usually do when the grill is going in the backyard. The game lasted about the normal amount of time for me – about three retrievals – before I spotted a squirrel in the far corner of the yard. I lost all interest in the game at hand (what game?) to begin pursuit of the squirrel. That too, was short-lived due partially to the squirrels grand escape up a tree and partially to a piece of grilled potato that hit the ground.

I found myself reflecting on all this as my people enjoyed dinner. I can tell it was special because they ate with dim lights and kept saying the word anniversary to each other and telling stories. They also exchanged cards and gifts. Joy. From the ground up, I saw it happen in my forever home tonight.

What Game?Tomorrow they celebrate six years of marriage,Love which followed four years of dating. I might be a bit biased due to my doggie perspective the passage of time, but that is a significant amount of years to me. In that time, they have been true to each other. Loved each other. And they haven’t strayed from their path together. All of this, in spite of the loss of a job. And the sudden loss of a parent a mere two weeks later. It’s yet another kind of love to which I am honored to bear witness, knowing its one of the only love languages I may never fully understand.

Initially I felt a bit left out of this particular celebration of love. There was no gift for me. There was no card. All I got was a bit of playtime in the backyard and a couple scraps of potato (and steak and asparagus). Then it happened. I realized this is my own personal version of ADD rearing its ugly head.

Because they have ultimately given each other the greatest gift of all. They’ve given each other their hearts. They have vowed to stay together, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness or in heath. It’s a concept I may not be able to wrap my doggie mind around, but that doesn’t mean I can’t embrace it with my heart. They love each other until death does them part, and I love them unconditionally in the meantime. Maybe I’m not so distracted after all.


25 Responses to “Til Death Does Us Part”

  1. Happy Anniversary to your mom and dad, Wiley!! Good for them and you, too!!

  2. Kuruk Says:

    Happy Anniversary to your pawrents Wiley! Extra big woooooooooooowooooooooooooo!

  3. Happy anniversary 🙂

  4. Nessy San Says:

    Sweet thoughts Wiley~Happy Anniversary to your mom & dad! 😀

  5. Happy Anniversary to your mom and dad. Don’t feel left out, W. Caring for you is one of the things that joins their hearts!

    Love and licks,

  6. angloswiss Says:

    Happy Anniversary to Wiley’s mum and dad

  7. utesmile Says:

    Happy anniversary to your mum and dad. It is wonderful to be in love and celebrating it. Sure you enjoyed your scraps of potato etc. 🙂

  8. Nikitaland Says:

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO YOUR MOM & DAD! How sweet is that! I have been with my Sweetie for four years now, and he has not yet asked me to marry him. Hope he does one day.

  9. Basil Says:

    Your parents are very lucky. I do hope they had the most lovely anniversary – they deserve it!

  10. likeitiz Says:

    Those words may seem cliche-ish but they’re really loaded!

  11. huntmode Says:

    Oh, that dinner sounds so good, Wyles! Please pass forward to your Mom and Dad, and the little one, our congratulations and best wishes on their anniversary and their love. Love and hugs, HuntMode, Elby and Ella

    • From what I got of it, I can testify – it was delicious! 🙂 I did pass along your kind words to my mom and dad (and baby-to-be) and they asked to pass along their thanks. Glad to be the facilitator of all this love.
      🙂 Wyles

  12. How blessed you all are Wiley! I’m glad you know it! Joy from the ground up! Woo Hoo!

  13. Reblogged this on Wiley's Wisdom and commented:

    The greatest gift of all.

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