Every few nights I catch a man taking his dog for a walk. In and of itself that may not seem extraordinary, but it is when you realize that the dog has difficulty standing let alone walking on his own.
They make their slow methodical walk to the park together, his old hound proudly in tow behind him in a wagon, and as they reach their destination he pulls out a special harness to help steady and support the dog while allowing him freedom to move about on his own without too much struggle.
Each time I bear witness to this routine, I have to stagger back tears. I’ve never stopped to ask his name or his story because I’m always worried words will fail, but this extreme demonstration of love and compassion reminds me that sometimes good human beings can still be found in this world.
Sometimes I wonder what’s going through his mind; if he knows what he’s been through, what WE’VE been through with him. I’ve always enjoyed these quiet moments together in the park, it’s just lately they’ve become even more important to me because I know there’s one less to be had.
Over the last two weeks or so we’ve progressed from zero interest in walks to walking to the park and back twice a day. I’m happy to say that so far this week we have extended our walk to the park several blocks and beyond. This morning we managed just two blocks short of our pre-relapse routine, and he was still very much ready for more.
It’s a small victory, but definitely a good sign.
Finally, took you long enough…
What were the skies like when you were young?[link]
Bank of America HQ from Belo Garden Park
Morning breaks on Main St from Belo Garden Park
Random Dude: Is that a Boston?
Me: No, French Bulldog.
Random Dude: Oh, Frenchie? [long pause] You know they can’t swim right? [longer awkwarder pause] Their head is too big.
Me: That’s why he has a life jacket.
Random Dude: I’m not the fucking ASPCA, man!
The city is a giant canvas used by the sun as it splashes light throughout the mirrored canyons. Somehow I managed to catch some pretty spectacular views two out of the last three nights…