I've been talking lately about our Lucy getting older, as we are all wont to do. So I pulled out some old photographs of her from 2005, the year we got her. She was a tiny little fluff ball and like all puppies, just as cute as could be.
Little Lucy on her first day with us.
The following is one of my favorite photographs of the pair that came to be known as the "Golden Girls.' Ellie was a year old when Lucy came to live with us.
Quite a difference in size
This photograph was taken a week or so later. Notice the lush green yard, with flowers all around. Not seen are the deck, the brick patio and flower gardens. Yes, absolutely typical suburbia. Great for the children as they grew up and for puppies as well.
Our house today is so very different. A house with no grass and a backyard that is a forest. Both excellent locations and both perfect for their times.
Ellie was so patient with this little newcomer.
The day the veterinarian told us it was all right for Ellie to engage in play with Lucy was wonderful. It was almost as if Ellie knew Lucy was big enough to take it. Lucy came running and jumped on Ellie. And Ellie flipped Lucy a somersault in the grass. Lucy was totally surprised at this new behavior and she had a lot more respect for her big sister after that.
Now Lucy loves to soak up the sun. She moves around to catch the sun puddles which seem to warm her old bones.
One of her favorite spots catches the early morning sun.
I am still avoiding the TV news shows and pick up bits and pieces from the Internet. I go for longer walks every day and a song I do not own plays in my head. It's Louis Armstrong singing "What a wonderful world" in his marvelously gravelly voice.
In spite of all the politics, in spite of everything, it is indeed a wonderful world.
Two quotes for today. The first from a former Supreme Court Justice, Oliver Wendell Holmes:
"The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving."
The other is from humorist Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain:
I hate to hear people say this Judge will vote so and so, because he is a Democrat -- and this one so and so because he is a Republican.
It is shameful.
The Judges have the Constitution for their guidance; they have no right to any politics save the politics of rigid right and justice when they are sitting in judgment upon the great matters that come before them.
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK, EVERYONE
ENJOY THIS WONDERFUL WORLD