Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

A (Sun)day In The Life October 6, 2013

There is simply no excuse for me. I have no good reason for not attending the Out of the Darkness Paws for Prevention walk as promised today. Granted, it would have been tough to do without my driver (aka mom) deciding to go. Which she didn’t.

Instead I was incredibly lazy. Let’s be honest – my days are generally fairly laid back. But today I felt particularly lazy as my people hustled and bustled all over the house. The windows were open to let the beautiful fall air in and dad worked on something stinky in the baby’s room. That paint stuff is for the dogs. I don’t like it.

So I stayed close to mom in the kitchen. Boy, she was busy in there today. First, it smelled spicy with what I heard her call chili. Then the meaty goodness mixed with a sweetness she called apple pumpkin soup. (There was bacon involved with this because I scored a few nibbles when dad wasn’t looking). Finally, jambalaya joined the mix. It was definitely better than the paint smell, but I was basically hungry all day long thanks to the delicious odors wafting through the air.

Outside was busy too. The hum of leaf blowers was prominent throughout the day as this is the price my people and their neighbors pay for the beautiful trees that line the street. And then I got a visit from two little boys from down the street. I tried to hug them, but I don’t think they cared too much for that. They were focused on collecting orders for Christmas wreaths. In early October.

Here I was appreciating the fabulousness of all things fall and apparently we are fast-tracking to Christmas already. I didn’t expect mom to buy one because the season is so far away. But she has been in the habit of surprising me lately, and today she did not disappoint.

So we are all set for Christmas now, at least as it pertains to the wreath for the front door. And at first I felt kind of irritated about it. What about Halloween? And Thanksgiving (which might just be my favorite people holiday)? Then I remembered that thing I like to find in all situations. The silver lining.

December may seem far away. But it’s not. Which means all of the joy of the holidays is not far away. While I am a believer in living in the joy of the season year-round, Christmas is a time when joy abounds all around me. It’s one thing to believe something on the inside. It’s another thing to be completely enveloped with it on the outside.

I didn’t have to go to the Paws for Prevention walk today to know that. To know the importance of sharing my joy from the ground up with whomever will take it. I do feel badly about breaking my promise to attend the important event. But I know I was where I was supposed to be today. Soaking it all in. Life. From the ground up. It looks pretty good to me.

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18 Responses to “A (Sun)day In The Life”

  1. Kuruk Says:

    Wiley, sometimes it’s good to take a rest day! Woooooowoooooo!
    p.s. Mama says you looks so cutesie, she’s about to turn into the kissymonster!

  2. I bet with your mom having a bun in the oven, you must be having the sympathy sleepies. I bet there’s a lot of napping going on in your house nowadays.

  3. kiwiskan Says:

    …and you look pretty good to me Wiley

  4. Plans are always meant to be flexible. You and your family are really good at finding the joy in every situation. If you had gone to the walk, you might have missed the wreath kid, and a wonderful chance to anticipate what’s coming soon. The present is the best present of all.

    Love and licks,

  5. likeitiz Says:

    Hanging back is pretty good for you sometimes, Wiley!

  6. huntmode Says:

    I dunno, Wyles – I am catching up on posts I’ve missed – started yesterday from about Sept. 23 forward and got to a point where I had to stop. Came back today and thought, well, let’s work our way down. There’s a post in the future re your poor mom having gone four nights without sleep. These pictures of you, Wiley, all of them show you napping and sleeping. There is such a thing as sleep envy, Wyles! Give your mom a big hug from the HuntMode Family and, of course, bigs hugs from us to you. πŸ™‚

    • As fun as it is for you to catch up, it’s equally as exciting for me to read your responses dear friend. I fear you may be on to something with that sleep envy theory of yours. Good thing she has been sleeping a little better lately…one and twohour increments are a lot better than half hour ones! Still not great, but we’ll take it. πŸ™‚
      Lots of love to the whole Huntmode gang,

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

    Just another lazy Sunday.

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