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The day dawns

I woke with another headache this morning. And for whatever reason, my body wasn't ready to greet the day. But the animals were on me, insisting that I get up, so I did. I got them fed and they quieted down, and I got myself medicated and coffeed and fed and even showered and now I too am quieted down and, in a strange way, grateful to the noisy, ungrateful beasts who would not let up.

If I were religious I might say I'm blessed.


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Feb. 24th, 2007 01:59 pm (UTC)
I have always had such admiration for people who can keep dogs in cities. Getting dressed and taking the dog OUT is a far cry from my half-comatose stagger to open the back door and let Riley out into the back yard :)
Feb. 24th, 2007 02:19 pm (UTC)
oh yes, I'm with you. When I take the pup out I see so many others with dogs, and most of them just have one dog, so it must be theirs. In other words, they aren't dog walkers. And there they are, day after day, early and late. I know some people use those pads in the winter that allow the doggie to take care of business in the house, but even that isn't really a picnic.

I frequently see posts by New Yorkers who talk about how lazy New Yorkers have become, because they have their groceries delivered and their food delivered. I don't see it as lazy at all when you have to climb who knows how many flights of stairs to get to an apartment.

I applaud my daughter and son-in-law for managing these animals so well. They are all fed on a schedule, the dog is walked on a schedule, one of the cats is medicated on a schedule, the doggie gets trimmed periodically, and on and on. And the apartment, small though it is, is clean. All I do is set out the dry food in a container and the cats eat all day long, whenever they want, and come and go as they please. Big dif.
Feb. 24th, 2007 03:03 pm (UTC)
You are doing such a wonderful job in a place to me that seems foreign. Your family is lucky that you adapt so well!
Feb. 24th, 2007 03:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It seems foreign to me, too. I find myself in delicatessans not sure how to order, worrying that the people behind the counter will find me out. And I notice differences all the time in the way people dress or walk or, of course, talk.

I actually make a point of "adapting". I don't know what started it, but I remember when I was in Italy in 1974, 28 years old, finding my way around Rome on my own. When I took a bus tour once, because there was no other way to see the catacombs, I was disappointed to find myself among such familiar people (Americans). By that time I had gotten used to getting by with my minimal Italian (and sometimes German) and I felt exhilarated that I could do it. At the same time, though, I am not very outgoing and at times it is exhausting.
Feb. 24th, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
I too am not outgoing and it is difficult for me to be in different unfamilar places, socialize with people I do not know, etc.
When I was a child, my mom taught me a song, it might be from Mary Poppins.... "When ever I feel afraid, I hold my head erect and whistle a happy tune, and no one evers knows, I'm afraid". It goes on. The point is, I 'pretend' sometimes to be someone I am not if it helps me through a stressful situation! :-)
Feb. 24th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
That's one of the things I have learned, too. "Act as if". That's from The King and I, by the way!
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