A beautiful old hat-wearing man just made me smile, and I’m so grateful. My day so far has been kind of off kilter, and this sight has just tipped it back into balance.
This morning I had to take Violet to the vet for her vaccinations and check-up. Why I thought it would go well is beyond me, but my coffee definitely should have been stronger! I couldn’t get her in the cage, and after two very large scratches and much blood, put her in the car and took the empty cage as well. I knew the vet would be able to get her in for the trip home. Thank goodness it’s only three blocks away; that big girl complained loudly all the way there.
So, all the medical stuff was done, and the vet confirmed what I had suspected about Violet’s heritage; she wasn’t the medium sized breed we had been told she was when she was a few weeks old and came into our family. She’s a Maine Coon, the biggest breed of domestic cat, and would likely end up the size of our dogs! Poor love doesn’t have a weight problem, she’s just a giant.
We got home and I realized my shirt was covered in blood, so in the bin with that one. I was in the kitchen and could hear a weird shuffling noise coming down the hallway. I looked over the bench to see a foot-long blue tongue lizard slowly making it’s way to the couch with Violet following it!!! Thank goodness she’s not a hunter, I don’t think I could have dealt with a cat/lizard fight in my lounge room. But it did slither under the couch, and I didn’t know how I was going to get it out of the house. I’d already rung John at work to tell him about my not so fabulous vet trip, and knew he wouldn’t be home for at least a few hours.
I couldn’t relax, knowing that dragon under the couch could come out at any time, and about 30 seconds later, he did! I grabbed an old towel and picked him up, then freaked out all the way to the back yard. Eventually I managed to herd him through the yard, with Lola, Lulu and Violet following, and out to the driveway, where I knew he’d be able to get somewhere safe. If anyone saw our procession, it would have looked hilarious, all of us in single file with a blue tongue leading the way.
By now, I was feeling like today was going to be one of those days when only strange stuff happens, so was kind of on guard. I was driving to the shops when I saw him. He was walking with a beautifully dressed lady, his hat topped with a feather. I was stopped at the lights and watched them crossing the road. He reached for her hand and didn’t stop smiling as they chatted all the way. They had that comfortable presence that I hope John and I will always have together, and that single thought made my day tip back onto it’s axis and it all felt good.
Sometimes, just seeing a little bit of joy in someone else is all you need to get your balance back. Witnessing a simple thing like an elderly couple enjoying each others’ company made the craziness of my day disappear. I hope I can always recognize the good things around me, because when you look, they’re everywhere!