A Moment of Levity

For those of you who know the Princess, you know she loves animals – really LOVES animals and anything living. She tried her darndest years ago to resuscitate a caterpillar by flipping over its lifeless body and gently rubbing between its legs to bring it back to life. Her innocent attempt actually succeeded and the little bugger crawled happily away.

I, on the other hand, am very selective with my love and have a slight fear of any animal that shows too much enthusiasm. Jumping dogs. Bucking horses. Running bulls.

And if the truth be told, I’m guilty of stepping on spiders, squishing most insects that I find in my home and am not a fan of bees while I garden.

You get the picture.

This coronavirus pandemic has us (like most of society) stressed to the max. So we’re making a lot of cupcakes, eating bags of popcorn and cookies, and binge watching a lot of Doc Martin, lately. (If the woman calls me “tosser” one more time, I’m gonna toss her and her little animal-loving self out into the cold!)

To offset this binge eating, we’re taking daily walks. For most couples this is a lovely, outdoor experience bordering on spiritual enlightenment. For the Princess and I, there are times it turns into a lovely tug-of-war; with SHE running over to pet and love on one of the neighbor’s dogs, and ME gently reminding her that we have a “six foot rule” to abide by.

So yesterday during our daily outdoor ritual, I saw one of the neighbors give her dog a treat for not running toward us and jumping, and I got an idea.

Today we went for a walk and the Princess smiled at the dog-walking neighbor, said, “Good morning” and kept walking.

Genius here pulled out a Hersey Kiss, gave it to her and said, “Good job!”

Needless to say, I now have a black and blue arm and she has been calling me “tosser” most of the day.

Oh well, a moment of levity in the midst of a pretty scary time in our lives.

Stay healthy and safe, People, and I’ll catch ya the next time, looking at life from my shoes.


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I'm a retired special ed teacher, born in upstate NY, who spent most of my adult life in the SF/Bay Area and moved to the Olympic Peninsula of WA in June of 2017. At the encouragement of family and friends, who followed my silliness on my FB page, I started this blog a few years ago. I try to keep my topics as humorous as possible (because I believe "LIFE" is pretty serious these days), but will, on occasion write about more solemn subjects. I sincerely appreciate all who take the time and effort to read and make comments and am truly humbled when people actually "like" what I write. I do not participate in the "Wordpress awards" because I feel "awarded" when individuals actually read me and comment, but sincerely appreciate all of you who have considered me "award worthy" and thank you from the bottom of my heart. Hugs, Lucie

13 thoughts on “A Moment of Levity”

  1. So glad I saved this belly laugh for Monday morning, I feel that I can take on the week now, visualizing your out of the box attempt to keep everyone safe!

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  2. The Squire and I are coping pretty well. We’re both retired, so staying home is no big deal. Our biggest problem is that we have run out of library books. Fortunately, we have purchased some books that we really enjoy, so he has his David Weber Safehold series, and I have a bunch Carl Hiassen books that are well worth rereading. I’ve read “Lucky You” and “Skinny Dip” several times, and still enjoy them.

    If nothing else, my sewing room is neater than it’s been in decades!

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    1. We, too, are retired, but missing our social contacts. Wish I was as ambitious as you and some of my friends. I have a closet that is WAY over due for cleaning and organizing! Hope u and the Squire stay healthy.


      1. Ha! It does indeed take one to know one.

        I am working from home. The company I work for manufactures cable and products for data centers, so we are very busy right now. I really like the short commute — as compared to the 37 mile (one way) commute that I had each day before the SAH.


  3. so good to hear from you, and glad to know you’re both okay. it’s always good to think of ways to get things done that may be out of the box, and inspiration comes from unexpected places. brilliant. good luck to both of you, be safe and stay well.

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