Mom and I were hanging out in the backyard after a rousing game of soccer. We always take a break to catch our breath and have a chat after our games. I told Mom she didn't play a bad game for an old woman. Mom laughed and said, Well thank you Molly, you play pretty darn good for a partially blind pup. In fact your handicap leans the game just enough in my favor that I get to make a goal every now and then".
I appreciate my gifts a bit more now than I did before, and my definition of gifts has changed as well. Being able to see is huge gift. It's one most of us take for granted until it's gone and we are no longer able to see the beauty of a loved ones face, or a squirrel teasing us for a chase.
Another thing I've realized is a loving supportive family is a true gift. My regular dogtor mentioned repeatedly to my folks,"Most people never get their dogs eyesight checked out when they start to lose their vision. They say their dog has gotten clumsy or lazy, and let it go at that. The people at the Ophthalmology Center told my pawrents dogs who are diagnosed with SARDS rarely get their eyesight back, that I truly experienced a miracle.
I'm a pup that's been blessed with many gifts, I did indeed receive my sight once again after I lost it, but having parents that love me and are attentive to my well being is a true gift. Having fruriends that care and pray for me is a rare gift that isn't to be taken lightly.
Food that is good and safe for us, medical care, hoomans that play with us and provide us with love and attention, these are all gifts that some people and pups don't have. We pups and peeps that have loving and caring families need to pause during our busy days and give a moments thanks for our many blessings, and say a prayer for those who might not be as lucky as we are.
It's hard to say why some end up with their lives filled with love, joy and the best life has to offer, and others hunger for a crust of bread, a kind word, and a gentle, healing, touch. This is something Mom and I have wondered about many times over the years.
May we all consider our gifts and blessings and remember those less fortunate in our prayers.
Love, Molly and my Mom