Having a puppy makes me think about being a kid. Remember back when you were free?
You could just run, play, hide, eat, cry, yelp any time you wanted. There was always a summer on the horizon. Every day was about what kind of pure fun you could have. Dirt sandwich, playing in the creek, picking wild berries, helping out in the kitchen (or just simply gazing on as mom and grandmas did the work), baby snacks throughout the day. Hair in dreads. Feet a mess. Everything eye-level was a new toy. There was no stress. That word doesn't even exist in the priceless world of puppies and kids. Catching fireflies. Rocks were the only thing you had to put in your hand-me-down purse. Running through the woods til the sun set and it was time for dinner. Naps on the swaying front porch swing. Summers at the lake. Gulps of water and sunshine and joy - EVERY SINGLE DAY. That's kids and puppies done up the right way.
If (and when) I have a kid, I want them to live the same free life I did growing up. See above.
The kiddies in Indo where we have 4th World Love, well, let me put it this way. They are the ultimate village treasures. Everywhere is home. Every hip is familiar. A mud puddle = a romp in the swimming pool. A basket of food scraps = a knife in hand and a life never afraid in the kitchen and all the wonders it can turn out.
Oh the joy...I'm gonna try to get that vibe back into my own life.