A beautiful day! Indeed. Sir Thomas and I were on our familiar path, enjoying the nice cold and sunny weather. At a distance Sir Thomas smelled a friend. We sped up our stride and Miller was waiting. Tails were wagging right and left. Happy to meet, undoubtedly!
Us moms, Miller’s and I, were equally happy to see each other. The good weather had made many come out for a stroll. We caught up a bit. Laughed a lot. And, said our byes.
Forty minutes into the walk, I saw dark clouds quickly moving in. A few at first. Then the sun was covered. The breeze felt colder now. Time to get home, I thought.
As I was making my way into the last stretch of our walk, I saw a woman with a little puppy…waiting for our approach. I felt like not stopping, but Sir Thomas had to say hello to his kind. The woman did not say hello, but started with, “Do you live around here?” Before I could answer, she threw another question at me, “Do you work?” Again, before I could answer, she asked, “When did you move here?” I managed to say 11-years ago. She then expressed that she moved here two years ago, and paid a lot for her home, but I must not have paid much for my property back then. She added how much she dislikes living in this part of the town. I started to not like this talk at all; this was in no way a two-way conversation. And this stranger was certainly very strange!
She was not done with me. But I was! I was ready to flee. Sir Thomas was done with the hello part and was now busy sniffing. I pulled the leash, his paws tightly fixed to the ground. This gave the lady a chance to throw another question, “Do you have kids?” Pissed off, I said, “No.” Pulled on Sir Thomas again, his paws came lose and I quickly said good-bye and moved in the other direction from her. This interrogation was OVER!
As I made my way home, I kept thinking why did I have this encounter. Why did I allow this encounter? Why did I even answer to her idiotic questions? Why? Why? Right in the beginning, I should have said, “None of your business, lady,” and moved on. This lady was very nosy right from the get go.
I wanted a positive out of this encounter. I knew I could do it, too. I thought, “I am an UNSTOPPABLE OPTIMIST!” “I’m going to find the good in this encounter.” The good I found was that – If I meet this stranger again, I’ll control the encounter – I will not stop for the talk! (Rain started to come down. Thankfully, we got home right then.)
My first encounter was a heartwarming encounter. Second was strange! Weird! An encounter, nonetheless. Sir Thomas seemed happy and satisfied after his walk. I felt tired. That second encounter drained me. But, guess who went to sleep after our walk? 🙂
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