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Joy: From the Ground Up

Playing Second Fiddle March 20, 2014

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I’ll be honest. I know I talked a good game. I know I sounded pretty excited. But I honestly had no idea what was going to h20140301_172020appen when my people brought my new little person into m forever home.

Obviously that’s not the case anymore after almost three months and I need to tell you what I am most surprised about. I had no idea how much I didn’t matter. Please don’t misunderstand – I don’t mean to sound anything other than honest in that I am honestly and sincerely playing second fiddle these days.

And – if I let it – it would bother me. But – because I don’t – it doesn’t. And it’s quite honestly liberating because I don’t. I don’t believe in taking the easy road in life, and that would be the easy road. Instead, I enjoy when visitors come to spend time with baby Carter. To awe over him. To find joy in his smiles. Because I believe in the power of joy being shared.

That is why I am putting aside my grief for joy when it comes to the primetime debut of my dear forever family I mentioned a couple of weeks ago. The photographers loved me when they were here. They filmed me jumping excitedly at the prospect of going for a walk or to the dog park. They enjoyed when I hopped on mom’s lap while she snuggled Carter. They even wanted to catch some film of me coming back from a jaunt outside.

But none of it made the cut. Mom stumbled upon the promo on television yesterday and I was nowhere to be found. Instead, there she was picking up dear baby Carter from the changing table and bringing him to breakfast with the family. At first I was petrified.

Then I realized it doesn’t matter what the outside world sees. I know where my heart was during those images. I was chilling out underneath the table where I might have been out of sight and out of mind. But I most certainly was not out of heart. Nor do I ever intend to be, even when live offers me the chance to play second fiddle.

Video to follow….



30 Responses to “Playing Second Fiddle”

  1. huntmode Says:

    Oh you clever dawg, Wyles – the play on the second fiddle and the daily prompt! Very clever, Wyles. The picture does not match the words, bud. Know you may be second fiddle here in the Hunt Household, but not when we are in your State! Or visiting your blog!

  2. Aha, Wiley – second fiddle is tough, but you’ll have your place in the sun once again…don’t let it get you down!! 🙂

  3. utesmile Says:

    I love your attitude, you are still a very loved member of the household. A baby changes priorities and timing as a baby is very demanding. You keep spreading joy to your people is very important. Even if they spend less time with you , and you didn’t get into the video, you are very much loved.
    Keep speading the joy we all need it. Much love Wiles!

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  6. Sandy Says:

    But what is a family without a dog (or cat or in our case, a rabbit)?? I’m still hoping that you are featured. However, you are such an important member of the family that your place is clear to all who know you. Fiddle on Wiley!

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  8. Nikitaland Says:

    Oh Wiley, I know exactly how you feel. I grew up in a house with four girls, me being the youngest, and you would think that the youngest would get all the attention. That was not the case at all. I have always felt my entire life that I have always been in the background, and that I did not matter. It bothered me for many years, until I got over it and realized that I do matter and that I am somebody. I stopped caring what others thought of me, as I let it slide right off my shoulder, and I am much happier now. Who cares what others think, what matters is that we make our own happiness. You may think that you are in the background because baby Carter has arrived, but rather you ARE where you are supposed to be, a huge part of your family that loves you with all their heart.

    • I am so very happy that you learned the truth one way or another – you are somebody. You are you. And that is a pretty special thing to be! We do indeed make our own happiness, but your words make my heart happy on a regular basis. Thank you!!!
      Lots of love,

  9. My dad plays the same instrument as you (he said so). But the main thing is to be like an orchestra together :o)

  10. Those TV guys don’t know a star when they see one. Thank goodness your family and all of your bloggy friends do! May I have your autograph?

    Love and licks,

  11. Whiley as soon as carter is old enough to play with a ball I’m sure you will be the star again! Humans look silly playing with balls but you can wow them with your skills! It’s not so far away… Enjoy the peace and quite while it lasts my furiend!

    • I hope so! I can’t wait to play ball with him! Though that does seem to be quite a ways out, I look forward to those days while reminding myself to enjoy the present. It’s tough sometimes, but I know my people still love me and that’s what really matters.
      Lots of love (and so good to hear from you!!!)

  12. pawedblog Says:

    Aww Wiles! Your upbeat take on life makes me smile every time. Those TV folk don’t know what they are missing out on though. Your family wouldn’t be your family if you weren’t a huge part in it. It’s just a thought though, but if that was a trailer of some kind… maybe they are holding out and you’ll feature lots after all. If not, they are quite simply mad!
    Hugs, Carrie (Myfie, Ellie and Millie) x

    • Your words about my family not being my family without me in it were such a good reminder! You are absolutely right about that, if I say so myself. 😉
      Lots of love to all of you,

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