It’s been awhile since Emily and I were parents of a baby.
A couple of weeks back we brought Tui into our family. She is just a mini little puppy and only ten weeks old today. As a parent of 11 and 7 year old kids she’s reminding me of a time slipping further into our past.
Puppies are sooooo cute! The people who follow my Instagram posts agree. However, they are a tonne of work. I was out of town for most of last week and so Emily was managing all the household operations. Including baby puppy duty and she put on a brave face. As I’m now reintegrating and picking up my share of the responsibility I’m reminded of the shear exhaustion of looking after the tiny and vulnerable. Dare to take your eyes off of them for one moment and they vanish.
Relax. Smile. Enjoy!
I understand why baby animals are cute. It balances with the fact that they will just let loose their bodily functions anywhere and everywhere. Multiple times – in an hour. What I thought was going to be a relaxing morning walk, coffee and meditation, is not. Though Tui will bounce over, tail wagging at lightning speed ready to share with you a moment of joy.
In fact, for Tui it’s only moments of pure joy. She reminds me of the teachings from the Tao Te Ching that we will be at peace when we can empty the mind. There is not a long list of worries that concern her, she lives purely in the now. I deal with a lot of serious issues in my line of work. It can overwhelm and at times I will go for long periods with a tense, stern look on my face.
We are figuring out life together and hopefully we will teach her to let us sleep a full night and only do her business outside. While she will remind me to relax, smile and enjoy the moments of life to the fullest.