Our Ellie follows the rules. Most of the time. There is one rule that she simply cannot abide. You see, she is addicted to tennis balls. In the den she loves to chase them. And they are supposed to stay in the den. But most of all she loves to carry them around. So several times a day, she will go downstairs and come back up with a tennis ball or two.
She loves to chase them in the den and will constantly beg for you to toss them for her. But she does not ever want to play with them upstairs. She just wants to carry them, or lay them in her bed.
Maybe if I don't look at her she won't notice.
But, Mom...I can't help myself.
I love these tennis balls.
Sometimes we immediately toss the balls back downstairs. Other times Lucy grabs one and trots downstairs with it. And since there really is no harm, we sometimes just leave them alone until one of us accidentally kicks one we didn't see, sending it flying across the room.
A typical sight. Ellie was resting on the bed with her tennis balls.
Lucy decides to share the bed.
This is Lucy's idea of "sharing."
And so we find ourselves in mid-November! The sun sets far to early in the evening. Our Thanksgiving Day is this coming Thursday. As we gather around the table this year, our thoughts will remain with those still suffering. And we will be even more grateful for our blessings.
Many people are discontented right now. So many things trouble us and we become frustrated with events over which we have no control. It is appropriate that we reflect on the words of Marcus Aurelius:
"You have power over your mind---not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength."
HAVE A WONDERFUL AND SAFE WEEKEND, EVERYONE!!!