World. Spin. Forward.
Which direction does the earth spin?
Wow, that’s a big question and I’m afraid I don’t have an answer. And I’m not sure how you’d answer it because direction is all relative.
What does that mean?
Well, if I’m looking down from space onto the North Pole the earth is spinning in a different direction than if I look down from space onto the South Pole of the earth, right?
Look. I have a basketball. From your position beneath the basketball, which direction is it spin — clockwise or counter clockwise?
Yep, but now look from the top of the ball.
So my point is, what direction are we looking from when we ask the question, which direction does the earth spin?
Good Dog! I thought this would be a simple answer. Give me a minute…I’m going to look it up.
According to my sources on the internet, the earth spins west to east.
So just like my basketball example!
Technically, yes, but you never really answered the question. You just gave me more questions to answer.
Why were you asking?
Now I’m totally befuddled. I’ve lost my train of thought… Let me think a minute…
I guess I was pondering time and I started thinking about how time always moves forward. And then I started thinking about “forward” being an interesting term and what direction “forward” actually was and if that direction was determined by anything, like the spinning of the earth.
Wow, those are some deep and heavy contemplations, Rubin.
I know! And they weren’t made any easier by your “perspective” comments.
I don’t know. I’m just been feeling a bit like time has run away from me or with me or past me or some such thing. So much has happened in the past few months and I can’t seem to catch up with it all.
Yes, there have been a lot of changes in our lives — good ones and bad ones…
And sad ones, too.
Do you think it’s been more so these past few months than any time in our lives?
I don’t know. I do know that as I grow older, it feels like there’s a lot more happening all around me and sometimes it’s hard to keep up with it all. And sometimes, I feel like, as I grow older, there are more sad things that happen.
Yes, like death…and frankly, it sucks.
It truly does. Sometimes I start thinking about all those friends who are no longer in my life and my heart gets really heavy. I will never see them again and sometimes I have a hard time catching my breath with the weight of those thoughts.
The same happens to me, buddy.
Is that why you were crying at the vet clinic the other day?
Yes, I really miss Dr. Cindy. She was such an amazing veterinarian, mentor, and friend to us and when I think about all those people and animals who miss her as much as we do, I get really sad.
I think they do.
But it’s not just Dr. Cindy I miss. I miss my dog friends who have passed and sometimes, especially at night, I start counting off all the dogs I’ve known in my life and how many of them have crossed the Rainbow Bridge and my heart gets really heavy.
I’m sorry, Rubin. I know it’s hard. But there are good things too are there?
(pause and deep sigh)
Yes, there are good things, but I guess that’s why I was thinking about time and the idea of “forward”…I’m worried that I’ll forget all those dogs and people who have meant so much to me if I keep moving forward. Sometimes, I just want time to stop so I don’t lose anybody else or forget about all those who have passed.
I understand. I suppose it would be good to just stop and not have to face anymore sadness in our lives, but then we wouldn’t be able to welcome any new happiness in our lives. We’ve had some happy moments haven’t we?
You’re talking about Oscar aren’t you.
Well, yes Oscar, but Dezi too. They both came into our lives at times of great sadness, remember?
When Grandpaw and our friend Ann crossed the Rainbow Bridge…that’s when Dezi came, right?
Yep. He needed us right at a very dark time when Ann L. was really sick and Grandpaw was getting really sick and then Michael, Dezi’s dad, was getting sicker and sicker. That was a rough time and yet Dezi was a such an unexpected addition of love to our family.
I didn’t think so at first.
I know you didn’t. You wanted to be an only dog in an only dog family.
Yes, I did, but Dezi grew on me and he was polite and understood that I had rules. And he followed them. He still follows them and is very respectful.
…because he came from Costa Rica…
…and he was used to living on the street and fending for himself…it was hard to train him to behave.
Well, you have some pretty strict rules.
It’s not just me! You didn’t like it when he jumped on Grandma’s dining room table!
True, but I guess I’m talking about teaching him that you don’t like to share much…
I have to admit he is getting better.
Which is my point…sometimes you really enjoy each other and if we didn’t move forward, we never would have had the chance to enjoy Oscar.
But now we’re a three dog family and while I know it’s okay, it reminds me that at some point in the near future, we’re going to be a two dog family again.
You mean when Dezi crosses the Rainbow Bridge…
Yes, and that’s going to really hurt, which I guess is surprising because I never thought I’d grow to love him and depend on him the way I do.
I know. I think about it too.
I take a deep breath, cry a little bit, but then realize that Dezi is still here and he brings joy to my life every day and I need to soak that up so I feel full and not heavy-hearted.
It’s not easy.
No, it is not easy, but look at him. He’s doing really well and is living longer than we ever thought he would.
His birthday is coming up, isn’t it?
Yep, September 15! And he’s going to be 15!!
His Golden Birthday!
See! Sometimes moving forward is cause for celebration!
Will you make pup-cakes?
You know, they say dogs live in the NOW and most of the time I do, but as I get older, I notice I spend a bit more time reflecting on the past and dreaming about the future. Right now, in fact, I’m dreaming about those pup-cakes!
It’s important to do all three…to remember the past and all of those amazing people and animals who’ve touched our lives, to dream about the future, which will include new friends, new adventures, and yes, PUP-CAKES!, and it’s important to live in the NOW, to enjoy all the beauty of the world and all the gifts we have in our lives.
Still, it’s hard when things seem to be speeding up.
Even though we’re rapidly moving from West to East!
Ha! Yes! 1,042 miles per hour!!
Did you just look that up?
Yep! And now my head is really spinning!
And here comes Dezi because he knows it’s time for dinner!
And Oscar right behind him. You have taught them well, Rubin.
Well, I am pretty exceptional.
Yes…yes you are!
Until next time!