Saturday, April 28, 2012

Losing Duchess

In 2009, we lost our beloved dog, Duchess. I had no idea it could be so difficult to lose an animal. During the preceding six years she had become like a family member, as any pet owner will understand.

Duchess was a mutt from the animal shelter. They told us she was about three years old, but we learned from the vet that she must have been at least six. A mix of ridgeback, beagle, American Staffordshire terrier, and perhaps Chinese shar pei, she was a California classic.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Boredom's Greatest Foe

What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. – Ecclesiastes 1:9

God is love. – 1 John 4:8

My kids rarely complain of being bored. They know Mom always has a chore available!

I thought about boredom when I encountered several voices from the past recently. First, my mom handed me a pile of dusty old drawings and writing – my schoolwork! Emily was amused to read my excessively melodramatic horse stories. I’m glad she has a better grasp on reality than I did at 12! Next, my sister forwarded a real estate ad for the house we grew up in, now on the market. It was a decent track home whose back yard still borders the emerald-green, tree-lined  fields that surround the town. And then, using Netflix, my kids showed me the old British TV series, Dr. Who. Watching the familiar “tardis” time machine fly through a swirling, ‘70’s wormhole, I was transported back in time myself, to a blue-carpeted living room and the rich smell of a fish n’ chips dinner.