Gracie’s Quarantine Journal
Day 16 (I think)
(My mom said my log is really more of a journal and suggested I change the name. I have no idea what she’s talking about, but she won because, well, she has thumbs)
It sure is hard work to get a book ready to release. My mom has spent all week in front of her portable rectangle. She keeps mumbling about something called social media—and how it shouldn’t take her as long as it does to figure it all out; and how the kids can do it so much faster than she can…or something like that.
I’ll be honest, I don’t really pay that much attention.
I just let her pet my head while she mumbles and types, and deletes and types, then grumbles and types some more, and then calls the kids to come help her.
I learned a long time ago that sometimes it’s best to just keep your head down and focus on one simple thing you can do. For me, that’s usually staying close to my humans so they know they aren’t alone.
But thankfully, when my head is down they usually pet it!!
It seems like a lot of humans have their heads down right now. Maybe because they’re scared. Or maybe because they’re tired. Or maybe it’s cause they need someone to rub their head….
I’m just a dog, so I don’t really know what’s going on or how it’s all going to work out.
But I do know that things don’t feel nearly as scary when you’re with people you love, and when you’re doing something to care for others. (I learned that lesson the hard way—at the vet’s! It’s super scary there…but thankfully my mom is with me; and even though I get so scared my tail rubs against my belly, it makes me feel happy that so many people smile when I come in)
I have also noticed that my family feels a lot better when they talk to God and when they read the big book that I got in big trouble once for chewing on!
So if you have a big book like my mom’s:
1) DO NOT chew on it!
2) Try reading a Psalm each day (I heard my mom say that to someone this week) I don’t know what a Psalm is, but it must be something really good because my mom always seems to feel better after she reads one.
And then after you read from the book you could try talking to God.
I can’t see him, but my mom talks to him a lot, sometimes out loud so I can hear. And sometimes she even cries when she talks to him. But he doesn’t seem to mind. In fact, it seems like God is an even better listener than I am! (I know…it’s hard to imagine!)
I really wish I could lean my head against all the humans who feel scared and tired and overwhelmed. I wish I could sit with them and let them know they aren’t alone.
It’s hard to want to help so many people, but not be able to….
So, I will do for my family what I wish I could do for everyone.
And you know, maybe if we all do something for one other person then pretty soon everyone will feel just a little bit better….even the cats!
Stay safe and remember to wash your paws! (and NOT to chew your big books!)