Last week the kids and I went to D.I. to find a costume for Julian. Of course, we found what we needed.
At that point I was ready to leave, but, against my instincts, I let the kids peruse the toy isle all the while knowing I'd say no to anything they may want. (My kids could double the content of that toy isle if they'd clean out their rooms!)
I kept to that self-made promise...with one exception.
Behind the toy isle there are shelves of plush toys. Julian found a cute, little rooster she thought Rascal would love.
Well, I thought, as long as it's not in our house. And who could go wrong spending two bits on a doggie toy?
So, we brought the toy home and Rascal was as pleased as could be that we'd brought a toy for him.
As soon as our big (and I do mean BIG- he's doubled his size in 2 months!) sweet puppy bit into that rooster, we were all startled by a loud "Cock-a-doodle-doo!!!"
With trepidation Rascal jumped back while we caught our breath and laughed a good, long laugh.
Even now, a week later, we'll look outside to see him bravely pouncing on that 50 cent treasure, then jumping back as it calls out a warning cry. Once he barked for 5 minutes while it sat a few yards away on the grass in the shade of our plum tree and relentlessly teased him.
Now, where else but D. I. can you buy such entertainment for only 50 cents?
I am an optimist. I try to find the positive and beauty in everyone and everything around me. My religion and my little boy with cancer are the filters through which I view life.
Perpective is everything.