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.
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.
Have fun with your buddy Buddy, Wiley!!! I’m sure your Grandma will give you lots of treats toooowooowoooooo!
You’re absolutely right about the treats, dear Ku! Lots of treats were had. Now time to reflect on my time at grandma’s! Stay tuned…
It’s great to make new friends! Bet you’ll return home exhausted!
You might be right about that. Time to write the follow up post now. 🙂
Good plan, Wiley! Relax and enjoy with Buddy. Your parents will be back before you know it. xoxo
Love and licks,
You’re right about so many things, dear Cupcake! You should write a guest post on my blog with all that wisdom. Seriously. Think about it. 😉
Go for it Wiley…
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!
Aw, thanks friend! My people came back today and I didn’t see your kind words until now so I apologize! I may have taken you up on your offer if I’d seen it sooner. Or maybe escaped to Ohio. 😉
That’s ok, at least you knew that we were thinking of you! Glad your people came back today!
That makes two of us. 😉
Wiley! We all know you’ll be spoiled rotten at grandma’s house. 🙂
Dear Lori – you might be right. There may have been treats. Even people food treats. Yummy!
Live it up, little buddy, live it up!
Have fun Wiley ! 🙂
I did. I’m exhausted. 🙂 But not too exhausted to write tonight’s post as a follow up.
Enjoy your time… as a mouse hehe 🙂
You are so smart, Wiley. Good call on accepting your situation. Grandma house are good place to make such a decision! (Love the quote!)
I suppose you’re right about Grandma’s house being a good place for such decisions. And treats. Lots of treats. 🙂
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! 🙂
Shhh! I did get a lot of extra treats! They were yummy!
I knew you would! You’re such a great pup! 🙂
I try. 😉
How great, that Buddy was there to cheer you up. Dogs know what a dog need :o)
You would know this to be truth, dear brother. 😉
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!!!
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?
Yeah…I think they missed me at least as much as I missed them. As it should be. 😉 Oh I jest.
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Distance does indeed make the heart grow fonder. Even when you don’t think it’s possible. 🙂