Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

For A Moment May 7, 2014

It’s probably not the coolest thing for a little boy to do. I’m sure playing baseball or driving imaginary cars is way more trendy. But he’s way too young for that yet anyway. So instead we danced. And it was another one of those special moments you wish you could somehow bottle up for a rainy day. Another Moment that Happened Today

Every other time I can remember the dancing, it was mom who started it. “Wiley, up” is the signal that its about to start. And this time it was dad saying it instead of mom. I guess it made sense since mom was holding baby Carter. So there we were – the four of us – dancing together like a bunch of goofs. The song choice this time around was 100 years by “Five for Fighting,” which is an important detail because of what happened next.

Moments after the scene came together, mom paused to go grab her camera phone in an attempt to capture the moment. It’s probably pretty hard to believe, but the picture taking has gotten way more frequent since my little person came into the world. I’m talking hundreds and hundreds of pictures, mostly of Carter, with the occasional ones of me or other family members scattered in the mix. Sometimes I wonder about this, since in a dog’s world you live the moment. You don’t take pictures of it. Not to mention sometimes she gets so caught up taking the picture to remember the moment that she misses the moment itself.

Clearly I’m not alone in my opinion, because in that moment mom got scolded. “Put the phone down and enjoy the now,” dad said. If I could have I would have given him a high paw. But alas I was in his arms so this was impossible. Instead I (happily) stayed where I was and dancing like ninnies resumed without further incident.

I found the whole thing ironic given the point of the song is to find joy in the moment regardless of what phase of life your living. The point is you’re in the moment. And you’re living. So today there is no picture. At least not of the dancing. In the moment, that is what mattered. And we don’t need proof. It will live on forever in our hearts. Maybe that’s better anyway, since I don’t know how cool dancing is in the confusing world of little people.



10 Responses to “For A Moment”

  1. Lyn Says:

    I never dance…never learnt to. But I love hearing about you and your forever family dancing together πŸ˜€ That’s a lovely photo of you, baby Carter and your Dad. LOL you all look as though you’re asleep.

    • Oh my goodness, dear Lyn. Please do not misunderstand. My people do NOT know how to dance either. They just sway and jig around in all sorts of silliness. And it makes my day every single time. Who actually knows how to dance? Certainly not me. πŸ˜‰
      Lots of love to you and the family,

  2. utesmile Says:

    How great the 4 of you dancing! Definitely a moment to remember always. I like how you say “those special moments you wish you could somehow bottle up for a rainy day. ” Ilove that idea. I get more bottles…hehe. It is all in our head and what we make of it on a rainy day! Love your thinking Wiles. Enjoy the moment!

  3. Dancing is fun! It’s a wonderful NOW to live in and remember. Plus whenever I dance, Mom gives me a treat and the old guys at the VA laugh their heads off.

    Love and licks,

  4. fredrieka Says:

    great shot.. love this

  5. kiwiskan Says:

    love the sleepy photo

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