10.13.09 Things I learned from Boo, part of an occasional series

We started out on our morning walk, and neither one of us was really in the mood to power through...Boo wasn't sniffing every blade of grass, and I wasn't pulling him across the street to avoid the oncoming traffic. (Because it was quiet, sickos...) We walked down to the corner where the neighborhood kids catch the bus. There are a passel of junior-high girls who are always fairly raucous, even at the break of dawn. But today there was a bookish boy with them, a younger brother who was maybe 12. He was standing apart from the other kids, not sulking - or conversely, trying to join in the conversation. He was simply watching, waiting for the bus.

Boo made a beeline for this little man. Snurfled his hand, checked out his bag and sneakers. A parting lick and we were off, continuing on our neighborhood survey.

The encounter only lasted seconds. But there was something about it that made me sure that we needed to reassure that boy this morning, though... maybe a kiss from a goofy black dog was the very thing he needed to have a good day.

And along those lines, wouldn't the best superpower ever be the ability to waltz into people's lives and give them what they needed at that very moment? Big or small, to divine that need and meet it? Coolest thing ever.

My five:
  1. Beautiful October weather.
  2. A plethora of magazines in the mail.
  3. Inspiration.
  4. Quiet help.
  5. Daydreaming about saving the world in tiny ways.


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