This Is What I Hope

exploring the new woodlands

One day in early November, when winter teased with its first snowfall, my human and I spent the afternoon exploring new woodlands.

I remember the warmth of the sun, even as I stepped on patches of snow.  I remember sniffing the ground where the deer had passed through the night before and listening to the geese fly over, leaving before winter took hold.

I remember wondering if my verticle was high enough to reach to the top of the fallen log.

I remember just going for it and leaped. I landed high off the ground, bark beneath my paws.

But mostly, I remember the excitement of exploring.  everything was clearer, sharper because it was new. I stopped and took a moment to really see the new forest.  For how many times had I looked but not really seen past the immediate, the superficial; to the possibilities that lie beyond.

And this is what I hope for you in 2020.


New experiences.

New, deeper perspective.

The courage to take risks.

A life lived.

From our house to yours, happy holidays.


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  • Reply
    Sharon Rae Martin
    December 15, 2019 at 12:53 am

    That is lovely! Thanks, Jack. Goldie loved it too. She says, “Boof!”

    • Reply
      December 15, 2019 at 1:39 am

      Thanks Sharon and Goldie. Happy Holidays. Here’s to lots of walks during 2020. Jack

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