Is there anyone alive who hasn’t fallen victim to the whims of love?
When we fall in love, we give up our ability to make sane choices for ourselves. We see our beloved through misty eyes. Every fault is airbrushed out, and we only want more. More time with our beloved. More closeness. More intimacy.
When we truly fall in love, we let go of our own egos. We allow ourselves to make decisions that are not in our best interest. “But it will bring me closer to my beloved,” we tell ourselves. “This is going to be great!” All we want, when we are flushed with love, is to be near our beloved. We want to touch, to kiss and hold and nuzzle and dream.
You lead us all astray. You take away our ability to do what is truly best for ourselves. When you have stormed our hearts, we care nothing for ourselves.
How do I know this, you ask? Ah, I have a confession for you all.
When we lost our beloved Wolf King last month, Paul and I found ourselves with a big, huge hole in our hearts. To say we miss the old fool would be the understatement of the century. Paul, in particular, was absolutely bereft without his best buddy sleeping on the dog mattress on his side of our bed.
I invited Lennie to come and sleep with us.
See, up until that point, Lennie had been sleeping (all alone) in the living room. That just seemed too sad to me. So I got out some doggie treats and coaxed him into our room, and onto the newly abandoned dog bed.
He wouldn’t stay.
I coaxed him up onto our bed. With doggie treats. It took some time and some effort, but….I was falling in love with my puppy! I needed him! I wanted him nearby!
The mists of love covered my eyes, and I got the (not so) little guy to stretch out on the bed between us.
He liked it!
And there he has stayed. Every night. Stretching his full length with his head on my hip and his butt on Paul’s shoulder. Or vice versa.
We now attempt to sleep in a queen sized bed where a 50 pound dog has half the mattress and the humans have about a quarter each.
On a good night.
This is not the best situation for aging humans who need our rest. It is not best for our creaky backs or our stiff spines.
But we won’t be changing it any time soon.
What can I say?
Love makes fools of us all.