Friday, March 03, 2017

March Photo A Day 3: Darkness

"So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing."
~ T.S. Eliot


With vital young Micah leaping and bounding joyfully through these late days of Winter, our older dog Mabel's stillness seems to convey a deep message of seasons changing.  The earth rolls, the seasons turn, and she spends most of the day lying in her comfortable bed at the end of the couch, perhaps dreaming... perhaps just waiting for another Spring.

While Micah is wild and unpredictable in his youth and exuberance, Mabel is steadfast and quiet. Her eyes are clouded, and her ears not as keen as they used to be, but her sense of smell is still acute and the aromas of dinner often rouse her from her slumber.  She has developed a habit of whimpering to get a little treat, but more often, she just looks up, meaningfully, with her soulful dark eyes.  

I like to sit on the floor with her each afternoon, and brush her with the soft old scrub brush that she prefers to any dog brush we've tried.  I like to croon to her that she is a good girl, and a wonderful friend, and so very pretty... even though she probably can't hear a word that I am murmuring.   There is such patient acceptance in her little form as we sit on the floor, her small head resting on my lap, as we wait together for another season to come around.


Where ever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you peace.



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16 comments:

Cat Lover said...

What a beautiful post Marcie. Gorgeous dog too.

Marcie said...

Robin, Thank you. We love her! :)

My Journey To Mindfulness said...

Beautiful words
You are a good girl :)

Marcie said...

Ernestine, Thank you so much.

Tricky Wolf said...

just wanted to say that I absolutely love the way you write, it is like a breath of fresh air to read, I love it

Marcie said...

Tricky Wolf, What a kind thing to say. A breath of fresh air is exactly what I am hoping a visit to my blog will feel like. Thank you for letting me know!

Out on the prairie said...

What a cute dog, she obviously has been a quality pet.

Marcie said...

She's been a sweet girl, Steve. We adopted her two years ago when her owner passed away. She was 12 when she came to live with us, and she has been slowing down these past few months.

Pom Pom said...

Aw! She's a doll. So faithful. She's old so she's tired. It makes sense, doesn't it? You are a loving pet owner, M.

Marcie said...

Thanks, Pom. She's easy for me to love!

Sylvia said...

Thanks for this touching update on Mabel, Marcie. From a dear friend of Mabel's former owner. Warms my heart and I know Ebba is smiling down.

Marcie said...

Thank you so much, Sylvia. If youvsearch Mabel's name on my blog, you will find a few other posts. We have loved having her in our family. So sorry for the loss of your friend, and so glad we were here when Mabel needed us.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Micah is a truly beautiful soul :) so precious

Carol said...

What an absolutely beautiful and loving person you are...she is so lucky to have you, and you her...if all humans were like you, the world would be a wonderful place...Carol

Marcie said...

Carol, How kind you are! I am surrounded by some big hearted "dog people" so I feel in good company. Like you, I wish ALL humans were full of compassion. Thank you for taking the time to make such a thoughtful remark.

Marcie said...

Optimist, Thank you!!