Tuesday, January 24, 2006

A Poptart Kind of Day

On our walk today Sampson found an entire whole poptart. You'd have thought it was filet mignon he was so excited, especially when I let him eat it - which he did in literally one big gulp.

Kind of reminded me to slow down a little and find joy in the little things around me. Not think so much about the future, like once we move to the next city then I'll make good friends and get more involved in the community. I've always had a hard time just enjoying the here and now. So, I resolved to write down a few "little" things that I really enjoy.

  • The seat warmers in my car - couldn't get through the winter without 'em!
  • Seeing the sun rise over the lake every morning from my bedroom window
  • Watching all the ducks waddling up to the bird feeder from the lake to eat the seed the birds dropped
  • Watching the children on my street play outside together
  • Reading a good book
  • Getting a phone call or email from a friend
  • The way my husband gently puts his hand on my back while I'm in bed before he leaves for work and tells me he loves me. Every day.

Here's a picture of Sampson enjoying one of his "little things". His dog Fluffy. Fluffy was actually one of my husband's first stuff animals. My mother-in-law gave it to me at Christmas. I have no idea why and thought it was a little weird. What am I supposed to do with the thing?? So, I gave it to Sampson and he loves it. Carries it downstairs every morning and then when it's time for bed at night, carries it upstairs and lays it by his bed. Don't ask me what the heck I'm going to do when my mother-in-law comes to visit! "Uh, gee, he's never taken that stuffed animal before, I don't know what's gotten into him..."

I'm usually quite pessimistic but today I feel lucky! It's a poptart kind of day. Enjoy it! I'd love to hear little things that you all get joy from.


Blogger David said...

Katherine, when your mother-in-law gave you (one of her son’s first stuffed animals) she gave you the most precious gift a mother could ever give to a daughter-in-law; she gave you her permission to love her son as deeply as she does. Her permission to love him, not just from the time that you fell in love with him but from, the very moment he was born. Oh! That is a very special gift, Katherine.

I am sorry for you because you have no idea why, think it was a little weird and you didn’t know what you were to do with the thing, so you gave it to your dog. Sampson knows what to do with Fluffy, love it.

How dare this person write this comment to me on my own blog? Is this person crazy, just plain ignorant or both?

I hope that I am not crazy, at least. I want to be honest and to have the strength to say to you what most of your reader’s are thinking but wouldn’t dare comment to you.

When we write and post on a blog we are opening ourselves up to the whole world to see us through our thoughts and words. Maybe we should take the time to read our own posts carefully through the world’s eyes before we press the post key. What about freedom of speech, expressing our own views and opinions? Well Katherine, I have done just that and you can see how my words can hurt.


1/24/2006 2:39 PM  
Blogger JuliaR said...

Katherine! I love the concept "a pop tart kind of day"! I hope you keep having them. And the photo of Sampson with his Fluffy is beautiful. I think if anyone would be entitled to chastise you about Fluffy, it would be your husband and since he didn't... you go girl. Fluffy belonged to him after all.

1/24/2006 2:52 PM  
Blogger Suz said...

I love poptarts! You go Sampson!

Things I get joy from: My kids, laughing & being happy, a sunny warm day, iceceam, whatching little ones play.

As for the stuffed toy, the way I figure it if I remember right you see Sampson as your child, therefore you past it on to your child so he can get as much joy out of it as your husband did.

Hugs Suz

1/24/2006 3:58 PM  
Blogger Katherine said...

David - I have no problem with any response you want to make about any of my posts. You don't know me or my mother-in-law, though. She is a wonderful woman and I have no doubt she will laugh herself silly when she sees Sampson carrying around Fluffy. She knows I adore her son and she also knows I love her because I tell her that all the time. I have a better relationship with her than my own mother. So don't judge people you don't know so harshly.

1/24/2006 5:39 PM  
Blogger kdubs said...

That dog is awesome. :)

1/24/2006 5:55 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

David needs to have a poptart day and learn not to OVERANALYZE everything. I think your post was beautiful. We all do need to take a moment and apprecate the little things....

I love the smell of puppy breath, rain, the smell of the ocean, the taste of my mother's warm cookies right out of the oven, the dipple next to Paul's nose and the feeling I get when I am walking up the stairs after a long day at work and see his face light up when he sees me.

We are blessed and should take the opportunity to be thankful. Thanks for stopping by and glad you like the new design.

1/24/2006 8:42 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Harridan said...

Hmm, David perhaps means well, but yes: he needs to take it down a notch. And learn the rules of plural vs. possessive. I may have to conduct a seminar on that someday for bloggers just like him. :)

1/24/2006 8:58 PM  
Blogger David said...

Katherine, I read your blog regularly and I have gotten to know a little bit about you through your articles, just as you know something of me now and the other Blogers, from our articles and comments.

I wasn’t chastising you, as Julia wrote (chastise) which is out of context by the way. I was interpreting for you the why and what and I felt very sorry for your mother-in-law.

No, I don’t know your mother-in-law but I am a father and a father-in-law and I know how I would feel if my son-in-law or my son’s girlfriend felt the way you did; and I read about those feelings on their blog site. Some thoughts and feelings we have in our life are better off written in a private diary.

I won’t comment or bother you any more. I guess I am just having one of those, Poptart Kind of Days.


1/24/2006 9:21 PM  
Blogger LadyBugCrossing said...

Love the poptart story! Our dog used to eat doughnuts... She was a labrador, too!

Have a great day!

1/25/2006 8:02 AM  
Blogger Katherine said...

David, I really hope you won't stop reading AND commenting. Honestly, you are welcome to put your opinion out there. But, I am also entitled to disagree. I just found your tone a little condescending when perhaps you were just tryig to share your view. Regarding telling me for a second time to keep my private thoughts private - no! I choose not to. Maybe more women will understand when I say it's quite cathartic to put your feelings out there. If the consequence is you telling me you disagree with whatever I've said, I'm OK with that. But I also love that there are many people out there who comment in a positive and supportive way. I love you all out there in Blogland!!

1/25/2006 8:38 AM  
Blogger The Gradual Gardener said...

A little condescending? Katherine, you are too nice. And David? You should have quit while you were ahead. Not only did you criticize Katherine, but in your second comment you also criticized JuliaR. Do not attack the grammer other bloggers (not Blogers) use unless you can handle criticism yourself. From what I know of you by reading your "articles and comments", I would guess you can't. Oh, and also, please don't be arrogant enough to assume you know what most of Katherine's readers (not reader's) are thinking. I won't presume to speak for the rest of them, but I can tell you what this one reader is thinking. She's thinking you're not very nice.

Oh, and please feel free to criticize my grammer all you'd like. I can take it.

Katherine, give Sampson a hug, and have a poptart kind of day!

1/25/2006 10:37 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Harridan said...

Well said, Gradual Gardener! And Katherine, this is YOUR blog, so you have carte blanche to write about whatever you want to in it, just as David has dominion over his OWN blog (which is all about training companion dogs, which is cool. But his perspective is not really about personal thoughts, you know?).

Don't even get me started about the inappropriate use of commas.

1/25/2006 4:47 PM  

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