My little red tether is my anchor in running with my friends. A beautiful guide dog has been my tether/anchor in mobility and independence for 17 years: 1. Pantera 2. Cricket, and now my beautiful 3. Georgina (Georgie). A life of family and friends is my joy and anchor in life.
The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. CC Scott
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Stepping out of our Comfort Zone
We had a 3 hour break in our day due to some late cancellations - the joy of my work right before a holiday. So, Cricket and I decided to do what we rarely do - we hopped on the bus for an adventure. My first guide, Pantera, and I were daily commuters on the bus. My current office is not on the bus route from my home so Cricket and I don't take the bus too often. Today I remembered why I enjoy the "adventure" of the bus. I first get on and the driver says: 'hi, becky its been a while since we've seen you. you don't go up to the university anymore.' (okay, that's been about 6 years - I wasn't even sure how much it cost to ride the bus these days but was so appreciative of his kindness). I felt so welcomed back! Then, a gentleman says to me ... 'you are smart to have a dog as your best friend, rather than a husband.' (I tried to tell him I had a wonderful husband but he wouldn't listen - it was pretty funny!) Then, the drive had to make an announcement asking a young couple to quit showing so much affection on the bus! We got off the bus and enjoyed the walk down main street of our cute little city. I did something that I rarely do, I went into a restaurant and had lunch by myself (well, with Cricket). We also went into a fun little store where the clerk first asked me if I was training this dog ... I explained no, she was my guide dog and she said -- Oh, I thought you were acting a little funny! We smiled as she explained that she had put out her hand and now she realized why I had missed her cue. As I caught the bus back to go to my office, it felt great to have a new little adventure with Cricket. We also found the remaining items for Natalie's birthday gift! All in all a great break and ready to take on my afternoon/evening sessions. do one thing every day that scares you. eleanor roosevelt.