In May, I had the privilege of going with my aunt in her bright red Ford down to Tennessee. Equipped with Whole 30 approved snacks, we were hoping to surprise her “walking miracle” friend who was turning 50. This lady has metal pins in her legs, has had at least one heart attack and one stroke. She also can’t drive anymore because her eyesight is so bad. Since she can’t see well, that makes her more attuned to other things around her, so my aunt thought we would never actually surprise her. Besides, her chatty college kids were in town, so who knew what they would accidently let slip out!
But, when we pulled up the lane beeping 50 times, she WAS surprised. She said in her dear southern accent, “What is goin’ on?!” Her family, including her husband, kids, and three dogs welcomed us right in.
In my experience, people that have dogs, especially indoor dogs, are usually extroverts, getting energy from being around people and activity. Even if they are ‘alone’ at home, they are never truly alone since there is always a faithful pooch there to keep them company. Well, this family fit my stereotype.
On the second day we were there, the TV was on, all the dogs were barking and running around and there were several conversations going on at once. My aunt and I, both fun people but also more introverted, were feeling a bit over stimulated.
In this very moment of chaos, the man of the house walked into the living room, held out his arms open wide and calmly asked, “Would anyone like a popsicle?”
Embracing the chaos and enjoying it with a sweet treat. This is America.
Even though we were eating healthy on this trip, we couldn’t imagine saying no to his innocent request. I picked out a blue one and slurped it up through the plastic sleeve, savoring every ounce of bad-for-you deliciousness.
And, I’ve decided that this summer, this life, when everything around me is buzzing with activity and I think I may not be able to keep up with it all, I will open my arms wide and ask “Would anyone like a popsicle?” If you’re there, will you say “Yes, please, Ma’m?”
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