Slice of Life: To Watch The Joy

(This is for the Slice of Life challenge, hosted by Two Writing Teachers. We write on Tuesdays about the small moments in the larger perspective … or is that the larger perspective in the smaller moments? You write, too.)

I let Rayna, our young dog, loose in the yard early in the morning, as wet snowfall was just starting to turn to rain here. The slush would come later as the temperatures shifted.

For now, it was a few inches of pure white packable snow from overnight, the kind you could use to build a snow-fort, or snow-person, or perhaps have the most epic snowball fight of the world.

From the back deck, I smiled and laughed out loud as Rayna ran and ran and ran, in circles and then in zigzags, and then in reverse circles, then around the tree and along the fence, and then leaping over the tipped chair, just being so glorious in the moment of pure joy of what the night could bring that all I could do was join her.

So I did, leaping off the steps and running with her in my heavy boots, dashing alongside her, at her, in shared winter exhilaration, the dog and I, together in a moment of play.

Peace (one moment at a time),

  1. Your one moment is filled with such movement! I can feel the joy! Thanks for zooming in and sharing this peace-filled moment. As I begin today, I’m ready to leap and join in too!

  2. This is so well-captured. I was seeing Rayna and my own dog at the same time, your yard and mine, your pleasure, and mine…except I didn’t have any boots on, so I watched from the doorway! Now I’m wishing I’d been out there.

  3. Rayna was lucky to have her human with her in this winter fun! I love getting to know your dogs (and you) through your slices.

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