Mondays are the hardest day to write; definitely the hardest day to write about happiness. Harder still when you wake up and have to drive through areas of rain, sleet and snow on your way to the office. Yes, I said snow. And yes, it is March 31st.
In order to break the stranglehold that Mother Nature seems to have on us this year, I decided it was time to start thinking spring.
Unlike most people, I don’t conjure up long days of gardening in my yard during spring. I don’t expect to see beautiful displays of tulips bordering my house and I don’t anticipate my annuals or perennials – or whatever they’re called – poking through the ground. Flowers and gardening simply are not my thing. But, that doesn’t mean that I don’t like getting dirty. I actually don’t mind it at all. I just prefer getting dirty for better reasons than flowers.
Enter Pets Alive.
Last spring, my daughters and I started volunteering at this local animal shelter, Pets Alive. My kids had been asking for weeks to go visit and find out more about how we could help. I dragged my feet a bit, making up excuse after excuse to avoid volunteering at all cost. That sounds horrible, I know. I wasn’t trying to be mean and I am certainly not against volunteering for any cause. I was simply being realistic. You see, I knew that I would never have a home big enough to house the number of dogs that I knew we would, collectively, want to bring home.
Eventually, of course, I gave in. I agreed to take the girls “just to visit.” I made no guarantees that we would commit to volunteering or even stay at the shelter for more than an hour. Well, we stayed for four hours and ended up signing up for their next volunteer training seminar.
The rest, as they say, is history.
My girls absolutely love the chance to walk and love and care for all of these animals – dogs, cats, pigs, horses – whatever animal needs them, they are happy to help. And I absolutely love sharing this experience with them. It is such an amazing way to spend our time and an amazing way to teach my kids the importance of being responsible, caring human beings. And it definitely beats gardening!
So, Mother Nature, I beg of you… please bring on the Dog Days of Spring! They make me and my girls so very happy.