It’s off to New England for a few days, and my doglets are delighted.
They begin to get really excited when they see the bags come out of the closet and begin to fill up with my clothes.
There they are, looking eagerly from the edge of the bed as I pack and repack, planning my trip in my head. Do I need 2 pairs of jeans or just 1? And how many t-shirts should I pack? Better take a sweat shirt, because we will be in the mountains. What about shoes and socks?
They could care less what I take, just get on with it. Fill the bag, zip it up, and be gone. Get outta here, Vamoose. Skedaddle.
No, they aren’t going with me. The excitement is not that they will be traveling. The excitement is that a new playmate will be coming over. Someone who will take them on long walks (I do that), someone who will play with them (I do that some), and someone who will give them unlimited treats (I limit the number).
They know the minute the bags and I leave the house, their new playmate is on the way. You would think these ‘children’ are anticipating a visit from a fun-loving grandparent who sets few rules and is focused only on cute dog antics.
I’m not hurt that they seem to look forward with unabashed excitement to my exit. And I’m not jealous that someone else seems to be more important to them than yours truly.
Well…my ego does suffer a bit knowing my absence won’t be noticed; that I could be gone for years without a single wistful memory from them. Sigh…
I guess this is the burden all parents carry when they expose their children to the love and indulgence offered by grandparents.
And when I return, my doglets won’t see the relief etched on their new playmate’s face. Finally the dog sitter/surrogate grandparent can return home to sleep without what feels like 2 heated bowling balls nuzzled next to her body restricting movement and generating hot flashes that should have ended years earlier.
But the doglets will see great joy on my face eager to take back my place as playmate, parent, and caregiver ever ready to bend to their every demand!
What a life my doglets enjoy!