Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Through Chaos As It Swirls July 12, 2014

Four years. It probably doesn’t sound like much to the average person. But to the average four-legged friend, it’s a fraction of a lifetime. Seriously, four years for most dogs is equivalent to almost 28 people years. That is a long time. Four years. From the ground up, that is how long I’ve known real joy. That’s how long I’ve known what life should look like. That’s as long as I’ve known my forever people. And it does feel like a lifetime.Joy (six months ago)

Not because I plan to move along to doggie heaven any time soon. God willing, I intend to be around a while yet. It feels like a lifetime because I’ve watched the change, the growth, that can happen in a person. I wouldn’t say dad has changed much. He’s an emotional rock. He is steady, steadfast, and true to my dear forever mom. He provides for the family, both financially and emotionally. He keeps everything level. I am grateful to him for all of this.

Mom, on the other hand, has evolved since I’ve known her. When I met her she was struggling with a lot of different things. She had recently lost a job she loved two weeks before her father suddenly died. She had struggled with an eating disorder. And (perhaps worst of all) she turned to all the wrong methods of coping. But that was then.

All of that is behind us now. Through chaos as it swirls, we have emerged. And she has changed a lot since I met her. Please don’t misunderstand. She always loved dad and I bigger than the sky. But something about how she shows her love to us (and now dear baby Carter) has evolved over the time we’ve spent together.

I know four years doesn’t sound like a long time to the average person. But it’s a long time to me. I know life on the streets. I know life moving from adoptive family to adoptive family. And I have found my forever home. Within it, it has been an honor and my privilege to see my forever people grow together throughout my time here. Four years. From the ground up, that is how long I’ve witnessed the growth that accompanies sincere joy. And it’s pretty beautiful.



7 Responses to “Through Chaos As It Swirls”

  1. four years are a lot for a dog, I agree :o) but maybe by now we should follow the old saying: hours do not strike for a happy pup :o)

  2. utesmile Says:

    This post made me quite emotional…. Wiles you know I find the older we get….. and I am quite older than your mum 🙂 …., but still age makes us realize more. It makes us taking things not for granted, it makes love more real than as when we were teenagers. Your mum has learnt a lot in those hard times and it made her more focus of what is the most important… love and joy! And showing love is even more important, you can love and never say anything, but love and saying it and showing it is the best for both!
    sending you love, my friend!

  3. I’ve also lived in my forever home for about 4 years. Sounds like you came along just in time for your Mom. She had been through some storms, so it was time for her rainbow. And she named him Wiley!

    Love and licks,

    • It’s not the first time it’s happened, and it won’t be the last. Dear Cupcake, your words made my mom and I both a bit emotional tonight. Thank you for your love, truth, and friendship.
      Lots of love,

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