we take our normal route around the ponds, his nose to the ground
while i take in the blue sky and the sound of the birds.
i sit on the bench, the one that overlooks the middle pond, and let him dig
in the soft dirt around the edge of the water. i sit and watch him get his nose dirty
and soon he jumps up beside and sits with me. both of us quiet as we check out the pond.
he seems to understand i need this quiet time, need to just sit and gaze at the water
and i marvel at how patient he is as he leans against me, watching his own little
bit of quiet unfold. we sit for a good twenty minutes before he finally
turns to lick me and suggest we mosey on home.