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What just happened?Posted Thursday, April 2, 2009, at 7:16 AM
I have barked and barked in the past about routines and how one of my greatest fears as a younger man was falling into one.
Well, they don't change. But at this point, it doesn't seem to bother me.
Anyway, I woke up recently to the usual. With one small exception.
Our dog woke up at approximately 4 a.m. and had to go to do her business.
I took her outside and business was executed.
But something miraculous happened after that.
I managed to fall back to sleep!
In the past, when our puppy would wake up extremely earlier than normal, I found myself stuck, awake with nothing else to do.
Normally, I don't leave for work until 7:15 a.m. in the morning and start the day at the office at approximately 7:30 a.m.
However, if you wake up that early, it makes for a very long day.
But I went back into our bedroom with puppy in tow. She crawled under the blankets and found a warm spot.
I soon joined her and my fiancÚ, slipping under the covers for at least a little bit more sleep.
Thankfully, it happened.
For the first time in quite a while, I wasn't semi-awake. I didn't have to trek into the family room, turn on the television, watch bad infomercials or extreme early morning news shows. Or even a few music videos (disclaimer: Some of you may not even know what these are as music video channels don't really show those anymore).
I fell asleep!
Anyway, I got out of bed around 6 a.m. Of course, it wasn't necessarily by choice, as the puppy had crawled out of the covers and basically laid on top of me.
That's her wake-up call.
"It's time to eat!"
So, off we went. Food, drink, coffee (for me), a shower, a short trip outside, etc.
As the morning continued, I noticed something interesting.
I was sitting on the couch watching the morning news shows and the puppy jumped up o sit next to me.
Then, like she's done for the past several days, laid her head on my lap, just sitting there, knowing that in a matter of minutes, she would be sitting in her self-imposed dungeon (a crate).
But her sitting with her head on my lap like that got me thinking.
I'm in my mid-30s. I don't have children.
I've had several friends who are now parents. They have all told me their lives changed that very moment.
Responsibility becomes more of a priority. The top priority.
Having a puppy does change you, though. You do become more responsible. You realize it's not always about you.
And I really don't mind. As long as she continues to curl up next to me and rest her head on my lap.