I have been at home for over a year, had lumbar surgery in January and am now looking for a job.
One thing that I've been very consistent with before my surgery and soon after is walking my little Wally every morning between 7:30 and 8am - rain, snow, blizzard, heat or sunshine. It doesn't matter what the weather, he wants to go to the park down the street.
During my daily walks, I've met many other morning dog walkers and along the way I've met someone very special. She is an older woman, in her late 60s or early 70s I'd say, her name is Jeanie and she has a dog named Katie. Katie is about four times the size of Wally and is a wonderful, sweet girl.
I don't remember how Jeanie and I began to become friends, but we've both come to realize that not only do we enjoy each others' company, Wally and Katie have become little doggie soulmates, love each other dearly and we both, Jeanie and I, look forward to the times when we are able to walk together with our babies.
In addition to walking together, Wally and Katie love to find the shade of a big tree in the park when it's a warm morning and romp and play, while on their leashes, in the coolness of the shade tree and lay beside each other to rest with their tongues hanging out and smiling. All the while, Jeanie and I just talk up a storm, no matter what the subject.
A month ago, we invited Jeanie and Katie to our house so the babies could romp together in my backyard that has lots of grass, without the cumbersome leashes, and it faces east so is cool in the mornings, and it was so much fun, talking with Jeannie and watching the lovers play.
Yesterday, Jeanie returned the favor and we went to her house for a play date. Her yard is much smaller than mine and has more rock, bushes and trees than grass, but it's a cozy little yard with lots of little paths and places for the babies to investigate. Wally and Katie played as usual and Jeanie told me it was the first time she'd seen Katie play in her own backyard. It was also the first time that Wally had ever seen a cat and we laughed so hard watching his reaction when he first discovered her. It was such a good time.
When we left, Jeanie thanked me not only for becoming her friend, but for the companionship. She's a widow of five years and although she has many friends, she has nobody that she shares both her and Katies lives with and our bond has become very special.
This has become a rainbow in my life and when I hurt, I take great comfort in knowing that Wally and I have made a difference in someone's life and that we enjoy our time together as much as they do. We look forward each day to going to the park and hoping to see Jeannie and Katie and spending more time with them.
I've found a wonderful rainbow in my life and wanted to share it with you. Have you found one in yours? At least just one shining thing that you wouldn't have found if it weren't for your situation?
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