Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Lonely Hearts Club February 4, 2014

I can’t say it’s anything I would want to do. Don’t get me wrong, I like a good piece of literature as much as the next dog, but not like this. I overheard mom today talking about joining a book club this year and I think I fell asleep at the thought.

Don't JudgeI can think of so many better ways for her to spend her time (like on walks with me, taking me to the dog park, or basically doing anything involving me) than at a book club. I had to talk myself back from this one though, since I respect that reading brings her joy. I want her to do things that make her happy, even if (gasp) they don’t all involve me.

But again my thoughts turned to that phrase about a book and its cover. A strong believer in the book (not so much in the cover), I’ve never been that big a fan of the expression. I’ve been called a lot of things based on my appearance – namely that I’m a mutt. Over time, I have come to see this as a term of endearment rather than anything derogatory because I know who I am and have confidence in myself.

Not everyone is that fortunate. I think a lot of people are really good at crafting a beautiful cover that doesn’t always match what is happening on the pages of their lives. Most heartbreakingly, my mind turns to those who surround themselves with people (in a crowded city, busy work environment or on frequent social outings). Sure, there are those that are truly happy. But sometimes it is these people, these friends of everyone, who are the most lonely of all.

If being an observer of two-leggers has taught me anything it’s that. You can’t judge a book by it’s cover. You never know how lonely or happy or depressed or elated a person is based on what their exterior tells you. Because that cover might be just that – a cover for something completely different hiding inside.

Forget book club (sorry mom). People. From the ground up, they are the books I like reading.


17 Responses to “Lonely Hearts Club”

  1. JackieP Says:

    so true Wiley that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover. Being a mutt is not a bad thing. My favorite and smartest dogs were ‘mutts’. I love mutts myself. So wear that mutt badge proudly!

  2. Lyn Says:

    Being a book lover, I can understand how your mom feels. She’ll probably only go to the book club once a month, all her reading will be done at home. While she’s reading, she’s going to be sitting down…on the sofa…someone has to keep her company. Do you get my drift, Wiles? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. utesmile Says:

    I love reading too, just don’t have enough time lately. If your mum loves books, it is a great thing, and while reading you can cuddle up to her on her lap for some intimate me time with cuddles.

    • I know what you mean about there not being enough time. I feel that way all the time! Just so you do have enough “me” time for such things, friend! Everyone needs that to some extent or another!

  4. I’m a mutt, too, Wiles. Mom says it’s the best breed of all. Look on the bright side, if your mom joins a book club, she’ll have to sit and read between meetings. That’s where you come in. Reading and snuggling go hand in paw!

    Love and licks,

  5. fredrieka Says:

    You are a wise one friend.. Woof!

  6. huntmode Says:

    Thought provoking post, Wyles ~ thanking you. What a brilliant turn of phrase “… doesnโ€™t always match what is happening on the pages of their lives.” Well done, dog!

  7. You’re looking at this thing all wrong my friend. Reading and books are a good thing. I have years of experience to tell you that readers are great snugglers! They love having a soft ear to rub while immersing themselves in those books.

  8. Sandy Says:

    I agree with everyone who says that book club would mean that your Mom will be home reading and cuddlng with you – plus Mom might like a little break (although she could take you for a walk or for a car ride instead). You are not as distracted as some of us who might get caught up in a person’s exterior. Heck, I bet you can size up a person pretty quickly just by how they treat you and your family. It’s a dog thing – or maybe a Wiley thing : )

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