On this earlyTuesday morning I sit here and think: “What should I write about today?” “What do I have to show you?” “How can I show you how much I love it when you take the time to come to my little corner of the world and say hello.” and then. . .
I haven’t shown you Christmas and the love our mother pours into her decorating. I haven’t shown you the splendor of the ribbons, garland and tulle. I haven’t shown you how our mother sets the tables and makes everything look as if we were living in a dream: the trees, the candles, the angles blowing their trumpets announcing the Savior is born.
I haven’t shown the grandeur in the front hall adorned with deer, ribbons and berries. Every year it gets better. . .each room makes us feel as if we are royalty and nothing could be finer. Each year the love she has for her family completely inundates us.
These aunts are my father’s “little” sisters and two of triplets.
I again saw Aunt Jean’s kind, gentle nature. But this time we watched as she endured a serious illness. But, she never complained….just like someone else I know.
In both these woman, I saw their big brother Billy and one of his best qualities….I saw
in them how he would take his time and listen patiently and talk to people from the family no matter the age, size or order of importance.
Margaret and Reiner said; “Absolutely Not… She is a bad dog and we don’t think she would be good for anything. She should not stay……… at all!”
My dad decided right away he like her………He started feeding her cooked ground beef, eggs and milk….He decided she should have a chance. He talked to her……… and they came to an agreement……”If she was good to him and his grand children ~ He would be good to her.”
He asked me to take her to the vet and let him give her a “once over”……….if everything checked out okay…….My dad wanted her to stay.
Dr. Verdin confirmed what some of us already knew………..she was a very sweet dog. He said she will make a wonderful pet…..His advice ~ “If you are good to her, she will be good to you…..” He told me he thought she was an abandoned pup and was just looking for a good home. …….He told me as a pit bull she would set ground rules for the other dogs in the area and then she should settle down…..He told me how the Pit Bull has a very unfair reputation…….they are the gentlest of dogs “IF” people just give them a chance and treat them well.
……….She had her home………….
My father had his first dog ever………that was just his and not one of his kids.
…… Elizabeth named her…………..”Ruffo“
Then the accident happened………… Some how, Ruffo got locked into the garage and could not get out for more then half a day……..my father searched for her that Friday night and most of the morning Saturday……he couldn’t find her any where and thought she had decided not to stay……… He called her………she didn’t come…..He search and called…..still she did not come……
Ruffo felt terrible about all of this and really does not like to talk about it much………She stayed with her new master licking his face until she was scolded by him as he laid on the ground and shooed her away……..
Luckily for all of us this was just a fleeting thought of passion and he was quickly discouraged.
It has been almost 9 months now that Ruffo has been part of our family and we all marvel at the way she is with each one of the children.
We marvel at the way she is with our parents and how much she loves my father. If she has her choice between hanging out with the kids or being with her master she always sits with him first.
She loves her new family and these days fits in just fine. She does not chase the dogs away anymore but stands furm that “this” is her home. For the most part, she leaves the cat alone. She does not give the people on the street a second thought ……..She gets very excited when we come over “to see her”…..She plays with the children wonderfully and always gently…….She is afraid of thunder storms and runs into the house for protection. She always seems to have a smile on her face and seems very happy with her life. She listens best to”her’ new mom ……….When I am leaving she tries to get into my car and loves to go for a ride…..She always shows us how to get down the drive way. She pouts when she is scolded but will come out for forgiveness.. …..and a dogie cookie
She knows she is safe…..and has become quite the little jewel ~ A diamond in the Ruff – O”
((and she is quite the drum set to boot.))
Stephen is caught in the first Snow ball fight of the season.
With the power back on and with a good cup of coffee……
the snow was a welcoming sight.
Kathryn knows people too!
And so does Mary Elizabeth.