How I came up with this idea is that I began to notice that people in this house are reluctant to wake or move a sleeping dog. You should see Glenn contort himself around me if I get into his bed before he does! I think it means he loves me. And Faith will lift the blanket I'm on to move me somewhere more conventient if that means I'll stay sweetly asleep. What is it with these humans? If some other dog was in my way, I'd just growl until they moved, and without an ounce of guilt (what is guilt anyway?). All this to say, I knew that if I really wedged myself next to her, she would be more apt to stay where she was...writing.
I don't mind that the writing hasn't been for my blog here. I mean, over two years is a bit ridiculous, but I don't press the issue. (I think maybe guilt is what she feels when she knows she hasn't kept up with things like cleaning, my blog, or calling people she loves; this guilt seems to keep her further away from doing what it is she really wants to do, so I try not to pile it on.) As long as she's writing, that's the key. And that's where I come to the best news (besides my dog adventures like going on the NYC train system for the first time, chasing nature in Central Park, and digging sand at the beach last week) which is Faith has decided to pursue sharing her writing by starting her very own blog and by applying to Teachers College to pursue an advance degree in English Education/Writing.
She promises she won't neglect me for this pursuit and I trust her, especially since she lets her mind wander most during our walks together, and that's when she finds that thing she absolutely must write about. If only distractions didn't distract her...SQUIRREL!
For now, I'm waiting for the next time I notice subtle lighting and incense burning in the apartment, and as long as there's not a yoga mat laid out or a bath running, I know it will be time to squeeze up next to her and help her stay put until her thoughts are out the page.
Have I mentioned how good our lives are right now? I'll put that on the list for next time.
P.S. Did I mentioned my rowboat experience in the country, upstate NY??