Courage is fear that has said its prayers. ~American proverb
I Monkey here.
I’ll bet you all were wondering when I’d get around to stealing Mama’s blog again and telling you the interesting things I’ve been doing.
No, not Mama’s pretty poetry posts and artsy pictures of flowers and such.
The real interesting things.
Like what happened the other day.
While I might find pleasure in your approval, your disapproval will not deter me. ~Muriel Strode, American poet
I Monkey here.
Guess what I found in my back yard?
A bunny’s nest!!
Some pursue happiness, others create it. ~Author unknown
I caught a bird, a pretty thing:
White of belly, black of wing.
Of course, my mama had a fit;
Didn’t concern her, not one bit.
I snagged him as he flew through the air.
Why not, I thought? He was right there.
And Mama has taught me how to catch.
A flying object is an easy snatch!
This bird felt different from my other toys:
Lots of feathers, not much noise.
But Mama wasn’t playing with us;
She was inside, making a fuss.
She saw that bird hanging from my mouth.
The next thing I knew, the door to the south
Opened with a crash and there she stood —
Mad as a hornet and that wasn’t good.
Outside she flew; a shovel she’d brought.
Is this some kind of new game, I thought?
But no! She sped without a word
Toward my prize, my little bird.
She scooped him up and shouted “No!”
And toward the fence she decided to go.
Hoisted that shovel and tossed him away.
Oh little bird, come back and play!
Note: Mama says this poetic form is in rhyming couplets. I Monkey have no clue!
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. ~Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese-American writer, poet, and visual artist
Happy first Gotcha Day Anniversary to my favorite Monkey!
Finish each day before you begin the next, and interpose a solid wall of sleep between two. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, abolitionist, and poet
Eyes shut, limbs splayed, soft breathing
Monkey, December 2021
There is a better thing than the observance of Christmas day, and that is, keeping Christmas. Are you willing to forget what you have done for other people, and to remember what other people have done for you; to ignore what the world owes you, and to think what you owe the world; to put your rights in the background, and your duties in the middle distance, and your chances to do a little more than your duty in the foreground; to see that your fellow-men are just as real as you are, and try to look behind their faces to their hearts, hungry for joy; to own that probably the only good reason for your existence is not what you are going to get out of life, but what you are going to give to life; to close your book of complaints against the management of the universe, and look around you for a place where you can sow a few seeds of happiness — are you willing to do these things even for a day? Then you can keep Christmas. And if you can keep it for a day, why not always? ~Henry Van Dyke, American author and clergyman
Merry Christmas from me and Monkey! We’ll be taking a few days off during the holidays to celebrate with Domer and grandma, and I can’t promise (but I’ll try) to get around to visit you all before then. See you in the new year!
It’s your birthday to-day, so why are we waiting?
Without further delay, Let’s start celebrating.
~Norman Wesley Brooks, 1967 (U.S. design engineer)
Happy Birthday to my little Monkey!! One year old today!
I learned a long time ago that minor surgery is when they do the operation on someone else, not you. ~Bill Walton, American former basketball player
Been missing me??
Well, I’d have rather been anywhere than where I’ve been for the past few days.
Now you’re talking — this is way better than all those scary booms!!
Happiness is a form of courage. ~American proverb
When I lost my beloved Dallas, I told myself I didn’t want a replacement.
That no pup would ever take Dallas’s corner of my heart.
So I looked at breeds other than Sheltie. Considered Shelties that were anything but sable and white. Thought about switching to a female pup.
Then I found Monkey.