Fireflies and Tuna Cans is a blog about my take on life. Hopefully, it provides some humorous insights about my life as a mother, a wife, a pet owner and a preschool worker. I have always been aware that I am extremely blessed, but that doesn't mean that God doesn't possess a great sense of humor. I hope that some of the comedy that is my life will also amuse you.
I was recently reminded
by Olivia, that it has been exactly one year since she and Mike adopted that
bundle of silver mischief named Wiley. As with all of the best things in
life, it is hard to imagine our lives without him in it...and not just because
of the disposable income that was lost because of him. (It is a pretty
impressive amount though, if one calculates how much money it cost to feed a
pup who originally, weighed in at 13 lbs. and who now, tips the scales at 80.)
It isn't even because of all the extra-time we would have had, had we not
been carrying ladders through 3 feet of snow in the middle of winter, in order
to climb over the neighbor's wrought iron fence to free him after he catapulted
over a mountain of snow, and got trapped beside her in-ground pool. No, it
is because of all the joy and laughter that he has brought into our lives, as
well as his ability to give unconditional love and comfort; the gift that God so cleverly
endowed all dogs with, in order to make up for all the trouble that they get
I can still remember, quite vividly, the first time that I met Wiley, when Olivia and I made the trek
to St. John, Michigan, in order to bring him home. Mike and Olivia had
planned on picking him up together, but since Mike had to work unexpectedly, I
happily agreed to go in his stead. Although they had already chosen Wiley
beforehand, Wiley was unaware of this, and did his best to enlighten us as to the
wisdom of selecting him. To facilitate this, when I sat down on a step to
pet him, he grabbed my purse and made off with it in the direction of our car.
He seemed pleased with himself, that he had chosen humans he could so
easily educate, and sat patiently, with tail all a’ waggle, as we opened the
back of van to place him in the kennel we had brought along for the ride home.
There was a moment of quiet as Olivia and I made our way to the front of
the van and got in, but that abruptly came to an end as I began backing out of
the driveway. What we heard next was a veritable cacophony of sounds,
previously unknown to all of mankind, that Wiley emitted in protest at having to
sit in a kennel in the back, rather than on Olivia's lap as he had
anticipated. I had only made it to the end of the driveway when I was ready
to pull over and bring him up front, but Mike had stressed to Olivia, the
importance of never allowing a puppy's misbehavior to dictate whether he stayed in a kennel or not. For this reason, I drove at least five or six feet
down the road before I insisted that Olivia call Mike to tell him that Wiley
was an unusually savvy dictator who would now be riding up front with us.
responded with a rousing tutorial on the virtues of consistency in training,
designed to bolster our flagging resolve to keep Wiley in his kennel. I
am sure it would have been successful too, had it not been all of the wailing,
crying, howling, whimpering and barking, that was emanating from the back
of the van, which prevented us from actually hearing any of it.
Wiley's most recent photo.
It took approximately
five minutes before Wiley was able to train us to let him sit in the front of
the car on Olivia's lap, which, I think, demonstrated a remarkable amount of
discipline and resolve on both Wiley's part and ours. Obviously, we were
meant to be together. ~Blessings, Amycita~