Monday, April 22, 2013

The Weekend

Last week was a difficult week.  I, along with everyone else in the world, watched as so many people went through unimaginable pain and tragedy over a senseless act in Boston and an unexpected explosion in West, TX.  Later in the week, I was riveted by the pursuit of the two suspects and everything that unfolded on Friday leading up to the arrest.  Along with all the sadness, I saw so much bravery and numerous acts of selflessness.  I have no idea what it would feel like to experience anything like what happened in Boston or West, but tragedies like those are a dramatic reminder that in an instant our lives can change and that we should never take anything or anyone for granted. 

Saturday morning rolled around and the weather was cooler and the skies were clear, so Alex and I decided to head over to Woodlawn Lake.  Every year the city puts on an Earth Day event with healthy local food, information about earth-friendly products and bike giveaways.  We brought Frida and spent the day enjoying the lovely weather.  

We took a break by the sand box, drank an agua fresca made from fresh, sweet cantaloupe and watched these kids chase an angry goose, while a few other people attempted to fly a giant kite.  Their attempts did not turn out so well.      

Frida enjoys her time out of the house.  Since we don't have a yard, we take her to pet-friendly outdoor events as often as we can.  We're still learning what works and what doesn't with her, but for the most part, she's been really good at riding in the car and being around people and other dogs.   We took her to the groomer the other day (another thing we learned we had to do after a messy attempt to give her a bath in our tub), and she came home with a purple bandana that she got to wear to the park that day.  Kids love to come up and ask to pet her. 

It was a beautiful day.  

I am grateful for quiet, calm days like that, and for my sweet, loving husband and our silly dog, for nieces and nephews with chubby cheeks and innocent smiles and unbridled laughter, for sno-cones and for the weekend. 

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