My Secular Holiday
Monday, August 15, 2016
Yesterday was Watermelon Day. A local merchant's association blocks traffic for a mile or so and has a street festival "for the benefit of", or, more accurately, "for the exploitation of", watermelon, God's greatest gift to humanity. The Shriners (of hospital and other fame) sell bowls of watermelon chunks to raise money for said hospitals. It usually is a bright and airy day.
Doggies One and One attended and accompanied me for the first visit. We arrived at the very beginning and proceeded on our trek there and back again. They are the best pair of doggies. I am very happy to have attended, especially with Doggie One (the First). I have long felt sorry that I had not yet taken her. The clock may be ticking for her. She especially liked the kiddie pool filled with water, that is, after receiving an urgent push into the water she enjoyed it. She also ate some watermelon, doing her part to support the hospitals. She rarely drank from the water bowls left by numerous kind souls.
Doggie One (part Two of One) had a grand time. He is a cheery fellow and loved to bark and howl to say hello to other doggies there present. About halfway past the first half (there, not yet back again), his energy flagged and he no longer barked at each new canine, just gave a nod of the snout and head, as if to say, "Aarf, what's up", in some cool-guy doggie dialect. He drank from many more bowls but would eat no watermelon at all. I did not know dogs have an appreciation for the religious differences between Catholics and Shriners. Father O'Gruff will no doubt give him an extra blessing the next time they see each other.
Trip two was accompanied by the Cousin Doggies. Those two were less happy with the trip. They sniffed, sniffled, and snorted a lot but were not prepared for the two plus mile walk. Nevertheless, they made the whole trip and happily clambered into the truckmobile for the ride home.
Four to five miles walk. The cardiologist should be happy for that.
The Secular bit had gone a might wild, uncontrolled almost. That will change. This will be a better going forward. I look to share with those who may choose to come along.