Each Day is a Gift


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Each Day is a Gift.

I hope you had a great weekend! It flew by much too quickly, didn’t it?

We spent both days this weekend visiting with a dear friend who is battling cancer. His cancer is rapidly advancing, causing his doctors to only give him a short time. As soon as we heard, our hearts knew exactly where we needed to be – spending time with his family, doing what we could to help them. In reality, he helped us more.

Not really knowing what to do with ourselves when we got home, we dug into a few spring cleaning and gardening chores that I’ve been procrastinating about quite honestly. But I’m now so thankful to have gotten them accomplished. Cleaning our garage is always one of my most dreaded things in the world to do, but it has to be done a whole lot more often now that Ranger’s kennel is in there.

Each morning when I open his door and we greet each other like we haven’t seen each other in eons, we chat, I give his neck a good ole scratch and then he darts outside in a swirl of white fluff that goes everywhere as he races to the front porch in hopes that I’ve forgotten to bring in the day’s newspaper.

By lunchtime he’s worked himself so hard, he needs a nap on the cool garage floor, but his romp around digging for buried treasure always gives him away leaving a tell-tell path of each step he’s made.

It must be such a tough life being a dog. Spending the day chasing squirrels, barking at turkeys, and only hoping for forgotten newspapers and delivery trucks to leave packages before I make it to the door to pick them up.

Today, I pulled out the bottle of dish soap, a good stiff broom and the water hose and scrubbed his domain from top to bottom. It felt great to muscle through the grime that had built up over the last little bit. Little Buddy’s favorite part, as was mine when I was his age, was sliding on the soapy garage floor from one end to the other and then back again. No iPods, no Xbox, no PSP were even thought of as he slid, danced, and skated as I scrubbed away.

As I watched him, I remembered doing the same as my Grandmother would wash her garage. His eyes grew as big as saucers when he looked up to see me squirting more soap onto the floor as I start skating along beside him. While my dips and slides weren’t nearly as deep or long as my 10 year old partners, I am certain I shall feel each move in the morning as I get up. But every ache and creek is absolutely, without a doubt worth it.

The look in his eyes told me so.


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  1. Jamie says:

    Thanks for hosting!! I’ll be “pinning” some of these … they all look so yummy!

  2. Tabitha says:

    The garage is by far my dreaded place to venture while clearing out! Sounds like your dog will be pleased with his new tidied up home. I would love if you’d link this little story to my brand new link up party, Making Space Mondays. It’s at www.debtfreemommyblog.blogspot.com.

  3. Aimee @ ShugarySweets says:

    Robyn, thanks for sharing this story. I think in the beginning I didn’t realize you were talking about your dog, hehe, and when you said “he darts outside in a swirl of white fluff” I had to reread the entire post! haha!!
    So sorry about your friend.

  4. Sara at Saving For Someday says:

    Robin, what fun! You are so right that every day is a gift and that even in doing chores there can be fun. So glad you and Little Buddy could create these memories. And that you were able to recall the fun you had with your grandmother.

  5. Jocelyn says:

    I just love how you make me stop and think with your reflections! It was such a great reminder that we sometimes need to let loose and act like a kid again. My kids would love it if I would join in and be crazy more often. Thank you for hosting.

  6. Elise Johnson says:

    One of my favorite posts of yours — beautiful!

  7. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles says:

    So sorry to hear about your friend. And, wow, good for you on the soap sliding! Don’t know if I’d dare any more. I remember doing that as a kid, with my sisters and our cousin, except it was in our basement. Needless to say, it didn’t go over very well with Mom when she found out. The garage is a MUCH better place! πŸ™‚

  8. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says:

    Your Monday posts are always so inspirational. Thank you. πŸ™‚

  9. Karyn says:

    Hope you had a good visit with your friend. It’s always good to visit with friends and get stuff done. I’ve been putting off chores and I need to get them done. Thanks for the pep talk.