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Joy: From the Ground Up

From Now On February 24, 2014

It’s the same thing every night. Eat, bathe, cuddle, sleep. I don’t know about baby Carter, but its a routine with which I could get pretty comfortable. My role in all of it is pretty minimal. I usually oversee the bathing process and lay patiently on the rug I know is just for me in Carter’s room while mom rocks the baby to sleep. Soothing sounds fill the room and I frequently drift off to dreamland myself, albeit temporarily.

Tonight was different. Tonight I put my paw down. I’ve had enough of this cuddling business not involving me so I quit laying idly by. Instead I hopped myself right onto the tiny portion of lap mom has to spare on the rocking chair and laid myself down. I stopped watching and started living (or, more accurately, cuddling) in that moment. And it was grand. Is it cuddle time yet?

Baby CarterI was quite comfortable drifting into dreamland there in our cuddle bubble. What happened next took me by surprise given the intense feelings of joy I felt just a few moments prior. It was Carter’s 12th birthday (in people years, not dog years) and he was blowing out the candles on the cake. I waited patiently to see myself, pestering my way into the mix to get a lick of frosting as I tend to do. But I never came. I wasn’t there to see Carter turn 12.

The image jolted me right out of dreamland and back to reality. And (for once) I’m so glad it did. Because there I was, cuddling with my forever mom and my little person. Joy. From the ground up, it overwhelmed my little doggie heart in those precious moments together.

Because my dream tonight contained within it a wake up call. There is a chance I will still be around to get that lick of frosting after all. But it’s more likely I won’t.

Eat, bathe, cuddle, sleep. It’s the same thing every night and promises to be that way for the foreseeable future. Some might see it as monotonous, but (as is typical to us canines) I find routines soothing. They bring order to a world that can seem chaotic at times. In those moments, those precious moments, the world is exactly as it should be. I think I will be sneaking my way into cuddle time more often from now on.


24 Responses to “From Now On”

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  2. utesmile Says:

    Routine is good for doggies and babies. I would love an evening cuddle time too….. Enjoy every minute Wiles, and get up for a cuddle, get the last bit of lap available and enjoy ! That ‘s the life!

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  4. Lyn Says:

    Oh yes, enjoy the evening cuddles and the gentle routine. May it last forever and a day xxx

  5. Smart move, Wiles. There’s always room for a doggie to squeeze in. Stay focused on the now, because whether you’re “there” or not when Carter is 12 – you WILL be there.

    Love and licks,

    • Awwwwww….you really touched my heart strings with this comment, dear Cupcake. I’d say I hope you’re right, but I know in my heart you are. Thank you for reminding me.
      Lots of love,

  6. huntmode Says:

    Wyles, good to hear your thoughts today. 🙂 xxoo HuntMode

  7. Sandy Says:

    It’s a good reminder for all of us – to find joy as often as we can. None of us know how long we will be around, but to make a difference today in someone’s life (like saying “Hello?) or some other thing helps make it all worthwhile. Thanks Wiley!

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

    What happens when you drift into dreamland?

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