I have no idea what to expect after this day.
If you’re receiving this message know that I am here, I am alive, and I am well. It is my fervent hope that this is not my last message to you, my loyal friends, and that I will return in short order with more words of flippancy and wisdom. But I do not know. Today is the day.
The day the puppy comes.
As you will undoubtedly remember, my friends, I recently flipped my priority list. What used to be the first thing I do every morning, for example, is one of the last things. I love to blog, and to read the blogs of others. I love to Facebook; I always have. But the time I spent on those media platforms often pushed other important tasks (deep reading, financial balancing and planning, morning walks) to the wayside and I found little time for such endeavors. Flipping the list has made me healthier, more knowledgeable, and better with bread. Everything has a cost, and I have paid my toll.
In recent weeks I have found a better balance. I have repaired fences at the house, trimmed damaged shrubs, read voluminously, socked away the appropriate funds, exercised, and also spent some time in social media and even caught up on the blogs.
But, now. This.
I remember what happened when Ludo came home. My favorite time of the day – the mornings, alone with my computer and my coffee – were gone. The dog wanted to get up when I did, demanded my constant affection and attention, and ate up those precious quiet dawn hours. He also stole all my deck time. My sleeping, reading, writing, and social media were reduced to almost nothing. Well, I mean, except for pictures of his growth posted un-apologetically and in great numbers.
Those will come in waves. Massive, repeating storm-like waves. 🙂
All kidding aside, my fellow readers, writers, coffee-drinkers, and all those who value sleep – today is the day!
I know what you’re first question is, and I will address it the best I can:
No, he does not have a name yet. Maybe he never will. Perhaps we can just call him “him” forever.
“Bring HIM here!”
“Do you just love HIM?!”
“HIM good boy today. HIM grow lots!”
Well, no, that won’t work.
He’ll come home today and – in fairly short order – he’ll have a name. We’ve decided to let him earn it. As you may or may not know my current favorite for him is “Marvel.” Mrs C’s current favorite for him is “Noble.” “Romeo” and “Kairos” are still in the running and I know she hasn’t entirely let go of “Eros” or “Iliad.” She completely shot down “Comet” and “Nova” when I mentioned them. Sorry.
But it doesn’t matter. I don’t think anyone liked the name “Ludo,” at first (including me), and look at the legend he’s become. A rose by any other name is still THE THIRD GOLDEN RETRIEVER IN MY HOUSE! I remember sleep. I last got some on April 8th, 2019. Yesterday was a good day.
Today will be, too. My little noble marvel is coming home. Truly a kairos moment for us. A new love in the house. A series of epic and catastrophic events will ensue. Bursting on the scene like an exploding star, our heavenly body with a tail.
See you soon, my friends. I promise. 😏