Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

The Mouse Will Play September 25, 2013

I guess it’s called denial. That sense of refusal to acknowledge something we wish wasn’t happening. That’s how I started my day today. The dreaded suitcase was out and I could sense this would be a people-only adventure. In spite of my best efforts and employment of “the look,” my fears were realized when we made our first stop at grandma’s house. I was being left behind.Doggie Love

I should have seen it coming. All right, all right, I did see it coming. I just convinced myself it wasn’t happening. I was in denial. And I’ve got to say – that is not a very happy place to be. It was a couple hours after my people left me with grandma and my cousin (grandma’s dog) Buddy that I realized what was happening. I was sulking by the sliding patio door when it happened.

Buddy bit my butt. That’s right. He came up behind me and nipped at me right by my tail. I was beside myself. I turned around, ready to make him regret it (why couldn’t he let me be sad?), and there he was – his tail was in the air wagging like crazy, begging me to chase him, and there was a playful sparkle in his eye. And so it began. We started what became an epic race in circles all around grandma’s house.

In those 15 minutes I forgot my people were gone. I was lost in the moment with my friend and our silliness. As my favorite transcendental thinker Ralph Waldo Emerson said “it is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”

And stupid we were. Buddy, my buddy, reminded me (amidst our ridiculous game of chase) to live in the moment. When we finally took a break, I paused to reflect on his life to this point. His struggles have been incredibly different than mine and yet we’ve ended up in the same position. We both bring joy from the ground up to the world in our own unique way.

Thanks to Buddy’s contagious joy, I’m not in denial anymore. I’m not sure how long my people will be gone, but I know they will come back. And until they do I’ve decided to live it up here at grandma’s house. What’s that they say about the cat being away? The mouse will play? Consider me the mouse for the next few days.


32 Responses to “The Mouse Will Play”

  1. Kuruk Says:

    Have fun with your buddy Buddy, Wiley!!! I’m sure your Grandma will give you lots of treats toooowooowoooooo!

  2. Ogee Says:

    It’s great to make new friends! Bet you’ll return home exhausted!

  3. Good plan, Wiley! Relax and enjoy with Buddy. Your parents will be back before you know it. xoxo

    Love and licks,

  4. kiwiskan Says:

    Go for it Wiley…

  5. Nikitaland Says:

    Hey Wiley! If you need someone to talk to while you are at Grandma’s, we are here for you! Woof! Have fun with Buddy!

  6. Lori Crane Says:

    Wiley! We all know you’ll be spoiled rotten at grandma’s house. 🙂

  7. Nessy San Says:

    Have fun Wiley ! 🙂

  8. utesmile Says:

    Enjoy your time… as a mouse hehe 🙂

  9. You are so smart, Wiley. Good call on accepting your situation. Grandma house are good place to make such a decision! (Love the quote!)

  10. Oh Wiley, your posts always make my heart sing! Good for you! Your people will be back soon ~ in the meantime, I won’t tell when you get extra treats! 🙂

  11. How great, that Buddy was there to cheer you up. Dogs know what a dog need :o)

  12. It’s like your talking directly to me. I am currently in denial about a big change in my life. However, you are right I need to be more like you and live in the moment. Huge hug my friend!

    • Amongst my goals in blogging is to talk directly to people. Especially people going through something that need a new perspective like mine. I have big ears attached to this heart of mine if you want to email me. I’m a good listener. 🙂 Huge hugs right back at you!!!

  13. huntmode Says:

    Ah, Wyles, Grandmothers are for spoiling their grandsons (cousins, too). Sounds like your parents got back fast – probably needed you almost more than you needed them, eh?

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

    Distance does indeed make the heart grow fonder. Even when you don’t think it’s possible. 🙂

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