Some times Betty and I walk Jessie together as in the picture above. However, there are times when I walk Jessie by myself and, since she’s not that great a conversatio nalist, I have time to think about a lot of random things. Here are just a few of my random thoughts from recent walks.
1. We live in a beautiful place with beautiful sunrises and sunsets and great views.
2. I can’t imagine my life without Betty in it just as I now can’t imagine my life without God in it.
3. I don’t understand why people can’t eat in peace at a restaurant without other people shouting at them and threatening them. Just because they have different viewpoints doesn’t give them the right to act like a mob. They should be ashamed, but I know they’re not.
4. I have good friends who think differently from me about some things. However, we are able to put our friendship above our differences. I am blessed to have them in my life as I learn from them.
5. Someone once said, “Growing old is like being punished for something you didn’t do.” I don’t agree with that. For me as a Christian, growing older is just one more step to going to my real home. Death is not an end, but a middle transition from one life to another one that will certainly be interesting.
6. Where we live always surprises us, even after 14+ years. The other night I took Jessie out after dark. At the gate from our courtyard to the back, she started smelling something that looked at first like a large rock. It turned out to be a humongous toad, bigger than a baseball. That’s the first toad we have seen. Fun.
7. We go to a great church that puts Jesus above all else. Our lead pastor, Mike, preaches straight from God’s word. We’re blessed to have that as our church home and all the people as our second family.
8. Speaking of family, we are blessed to have a great family. I have a sister and Betty has two brothers a sister and a stepmother. They are all good and interesting people. We are also blessed to have great sons, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren. All of our nieces and nephews are good people as well. Even though we may have differing views of the world, we all try to put family above our differences and it works.
9. We have some of the best neighbors we have ever had. Susan, who lives in front of us has been here as long as we have. She is a great friend who happens to love Golden Retrievers as much as we do. Our neighbors behind us, Minet and Barry, moved in about a year and a half ago. They are originally from South Africa and they are fun to talk to. They have four goats which give Jessie a good distraction when they run the fence together. Susan, Minet and Barry are some of the most giving people we know and there’s nothing we wouldn’t do for them.
10. Last thought while walking Jessie: I have a rock in my shoe.