May 7, 2010

White Dog was almost as surprised as I was when Steve came back to bed this morning and announced that he had already emailed the office of his impending absence...that he was taking a mental health day! "What's say we pick up some goodies and have a breakfast picnic amidst the Cottonwoods at the Bosque?" he asked and White Dog was in his lap wiggling her approval in an instant. We lingered a bit listening to the birdies chirping in the nest outside the window and then dressed to go. White Dog pestered us to skip the dressing part and just GO! but both Steve and I thought clothing ourselves was time well spent.

White Dog was out of the door and sitting by the side of the car before Steve even clipped the leash on Quinn (who wasn't quite sure he wanted to give up his morning nap). Off we went on a warm, marvelously blue morning all of us feeling like we were slightly naughty for "skipping class." First stop, Flying Star for a blueberry cheese scone for Steve and an almond croissant for me (alas, they were out of croissants but gave Steve and plain one and an almond petite four with guarantees that if I ate both together that I would "get the same sensation." Delectable!) Next, it was a stop for our local roaster's rich dark roast coffee (with lots of cream); Quinn hasn't yet figured out how to use the travel cap sippy thing on the cup so he went caffeine-less (a good thing). Lastly, we stopped at Wendy's for chicken nuggets for White Dog and Quinn. It took every bit of White Dog's party manners and willpower to just sniff the bag she was protecting.

The forest was deserted and we were invited by the dappled sunlight filtering through the leaves to stroll and breathe and enjoy...but first things first...we all shared breakfast al fresco savoring the moment and enjoying each bite. Then we walked the trail, White Dog and Other White Dog pausing to sniff and explore and sometimes just to stand still, listening. We all sat together in the fresh air and talked and laughed and let the beauty of the morning wash us all free of stress.

We got home shortly before Michael returned from school and all smiled a secret smile when he asked why White Dog and Quinn both looked so happy and tired.


Prinnie and Digby said...

FANTASTIC!!! Hooray to all of you for playing "hookie" and taking time to "smell the roses" and love each other.

We are so happy for the four of you!!!

Love to you all,
Prinnie and the crew

Remington said...

We all need days like that! I am so glad you enjoyed yourselves! Have a great weekend!

TwoSpecialWires said...

We just enjoyed your morning outing almost as much as you apparently did. We've been short on special moments like that ... or, rather ... we've had to be sure and take a different perspective on "jobs" to make the specialness of the moment shine through. And they have. Still, your description of your morning venture was just what we needed to read, to bring the day to a delightful close.

One of these days we'll catch up.

With so many thanks ... from all of us ... for everything. Especially your friendship.

Jake and Fergi, Sally and NinaGirl

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

What a great day!

Woo have Mom already looking furward to her morning khoffee!

As fur the lots of khream, we khurrently have a gallon+ of half and half in the frig!

PeeEssWoo: Mom has a mini-run on Sunday as she gets two Brittany gals from their overnight to their driver from Harrisburg to Allentown. She was going to do a normal run on Sunday but someone ofFURed to do Charlotte NC to NJ as a Mother's Day gift to the transport list - Mom and I are going to meet up with Mary and her sister at some point on Sunday - hopefully on the way North when they have the passengers - if not, we'll try to meet them as they head South again!

Ginger Jasper said...

How lovely to get an impromptu day off and to enjoy so much doing the simple things in life. Sounds like bliss to me. Hugs GJ x

Sagira said...

It is very nice to have days like that sometimes. :)

Teddy Bear said...

What a pawesome day. That was so cool of your Dad to take the day off from work. Chicken nuggets and breakfast pastries and a walk sound like the perfect way to spend the day.:)

Teddy Bear

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

We are working our way backwards here trying to catch up on posts - you pups have no reason to complain about that night out for Mom and Dad - what a delightful day this must have been.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara