Live Like Someone Left the Gate Open
My good friend Lisa came by last week for a visit to introduce me to her new baby and she brought my Christmas presents. One of them was this fabulous wall-hanging (which is currently hanging on my Christmas tree) with this inspirational quote.
It reminded me of the day two of my greyhounds got loose. This happened years ago when I had my sweet babies Maggie, Bella and Dodge. I had let them out in the backyard to play and was doing something in the house when I suddenly heard tags jingling at my front door. I opened the front door and there stood Dodge! Shocked, I brought him in and said “How did you get out here?!”
I ran into the backyard and was horrified to discover that the lock on the gate had broken off and it was wide open…with Maggie and Bella nowhere in sight. I panicked and jumped in my truck and started driving around the neighborhood. I’m cruising down the road and checking all the cross streets when I spied both of them, nose to the ground, sniffing something in the middle of the road. I pulled up, jumped out of the truck and went over to them. They were sniffing a dead worm. Figures that. I said “C’mon. Get in the truck!” and they loaded up.
I’ll never forget the looks on their faces. They were panting like crazy and literally had the biggest grins on their faces. It was like they were saying, “pant pant pant, “This was fun Mom! Can we do this again?? Huh? Can we??” Pant pant pant…” It was obvious that they had had so much fun on their little adventure.
There were two great lessons there. One: Always be sure the locks on your gates are secure. And two: Live like someone left the gate open…
Do you live like someone left the gate open?