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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 154 :: puppy joy

2 Jun

Nothing can bring out a smile better than a puppy. Serendipitously, we found both today.

My day started by looking out the back sliding door. I was thinking of Pup, and all the times we walked the grass out that door, and how strange everything feels without him around. Then, out of nowhere a little blue hummingbird flew right in front of the window, up to the tree and then disappeared. A hummingbird! I have never seen a hummingbird out the door, or windows, or anywhere on our grounds at all.

“It’s a message from Pup!” I exclaimed and excitedly relayed what I saw to Justin. Then I looked up the symbolic meaning of hummingbirds:

It is not commonly known that the fluttering wings of the hummingbird move in the pattern of an infinity symbol – further solidifying their symbolism of eternity, continuity, and infinity. … The prime message of the hummingbird animal totem is: “The sweetest nectar is within!”

My heart leapt with joy. It was a message from Pup. He was telling us that he is okay, we will always be connected and it’s okay to move on.

So we continued our day. Beginning with a stop at Pet Smart to find Brady a new bed. After losing Pup he’s seemed a little lost. So we are, of course, spoiling him with attention and treats. It only seemed fair that he should get a new bed, just for him.

We headed to Pet Smart. Where there was a whole crop of tiny little puppies. They were adorable and all cuddled up next to each other, so of course, everyone wanted to pick them up.

As I knelt next to the makeshift coup created in the middle of the Pet Smart aisle, about to pick up an adorable and squirmy little puppy I heard a little voice behind me. It was a girl. She wanted to see the puppies. I turned and smiled at her and said, “Do you want to pet the puppies?” She nodded. I moved out of the way.

Then, her dad picked up one of the black, furry pups and placed it in her arms. She was so tiny, the pup almost dwarfed her. But her smile was bigger than both her and the puppy combined.   

I really can’t think of anything more joyous to witness. A little one holding a little one. My heart beat harder and it made me smile right back at her. What joy!

And exactly what that hummingbird’s message was all about: life goes on and the sweetest nectar is within….our hearts.  

More tomorrow…


{heart joy}

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 163 :: birds

4 Jul

The sound of kindness.

Something interesting has happened this year – I am hearing the music of the birds. In the morning (very early in the morning!) outside our window, I wake up to the birds chirping.

The sound is beautiful, as much as it is annoyingly early before the sun rises. I keep seeing birds everywhere, little, delicate creatures landing on the branches of the trees or darting off in the grass.

Today, while I was at the pool enjoying one last vacation moment, I sat next to a woman. Both of us were shielded by wide-brimmed hats, sunscreen and pool wraps. I still have the henna on my foot from my wedding day blessing.

We began chatting, she told me about her son who lives in Colorado, I told her about our recent surprise wedding in Colorado.

Just then, she pointed to the basket of flowers sitting poolside behind me. “Look, there’s a hummingbird!”

I turned and saw the little bird buzzing above the flowers.

“That’s a blessing for your wedding!” she smiled as if she knew something I didn’t. I smiled back, recognizing another delicate little bird floating into my life.

Is it kindness?
Delicate kindness.

More tomorrow….


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