As I watched 14 year old Sukanya Roy spell cymotrichous at the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee last night, I was both happy and sad at the same time. I was happy as I watched the excitement flood over Sukaanya at the realization of something she had obviously worked so hard to achieve, and sad at the knowledge that the “journalism,” was about to begin.
Having had about a minute to digest what was possibly one of the most exciting and gratifying moments in her young life, Sukanya was asked to explain not only how she felt, but what her internal thought process was the minute she knew she could spell the word correctly.
It drives me crazy that we are sometimes expected to give voice to feelings and emotions like these at the same time we are experiencing them. We’re being asked to project ourselves into the future and reflect about something that happened to us only seconds ago – something we are still experiencing.
So, you may ask, what does this have to do with dogs?
Jackie and I were out looking for new place to launch our kayaks yesterday and came across a young girl playing with her lab at the boat launch. She had one of those tennis ball launching sticks and was enjoying her black lab as he continuously threw himself into the water, ball after ball. Both of them were totally absorbed in the game and oblivious to all else around them.
If there’s one thing I love as much as enjoying the company of my dogs, it’s watching other people enjoying the company of theirs.
Dogs are always living in the moment and it’s a lesson they are constantly trying to teach us. They encourage us to just be, and be content. Something we aren’t often afforded in this day and age. They allow us a mental health break without analysis, without judgment, and with no words required. They allow us a moment in time that we can capture and call all our own. A pretty good deal for offering them a couple hots and a cot if you ask me.
If you’re a dog lover like me, then I am sure you can relate. If you’re a dog lover that currently finds themselves dog-less, the why not pay a visit to your local shelter? They have furry moments in time of all shapes and sizes, waiting to share with you.
Even though this is Dog Lover’s Digest, we love animals of all kinds. There are plenty of cats and other animals in shelters across the world as well, waiting to make you smile.