April 15, 2010
White Dog and Quinn are a part of daily life for me since I work at home. It is not that they are always in my lap or even in my sight but they are a constant presence, background music in my world and color in my daily routine. This morning for the first time, I was left without one or the other at least home to keep me company. They both had appointments with the Groomer and left with Steve when he went to work. At first I though, "Ahha! A morning just for me... no one demanding attention as I try to work...or sit on my shoulder as I read... or fall over as I move about...no barking at the mailman...bliss!" But it wasn't bliss at all; it was quiet...too quiet and I was lonely for the sound of other family members going about their day around me. When Steve (who I am always glad to see during the day) brought them back mid afternoon, Michael was already home from school and we were reading in the living room. The sudden swarm of very fluffy sweet scented white that charged through the door was welcomed with hugs and compliments from both us. White Dog leaped into my lap and leaned into my arms as I breathed her fresh smell and said, "Glad you are home, Baby Girl! Momma missed you!" Quinn nosed his way against my legs and I added, "I missed you, too, Beautiful Boy!" Michael swears that my words made Quinn smile.