Hope and the flu

Minnie and Frieda sharing the dog bed.
Minnie and Frieda sharing the dog bed.

It seems it’s normal for the flu to take its toll  emotionally as well as physically.  And since I’m feeling that emotional zap today, presumably from my body fighting to keep me healthy, and I’m feeling really low, I thought I’d put up this picture of Frieda and Minnie sharing the dog bed in front of the wood stove.

It’s a picture of something I never imagined would be.  Because for so many years,  Frieda chased Minnie relentlessly and tried to kill her again and again.  I still find it hard to believe that they actually get along now.

I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of, or completely used to seeing these two so comfortable with each other. I don’t know how it happened, how they worked it out.  I’m sure part of it is that Frieda got old and mellowed some. And part of it is the mystery of how they communicate with each other, what goes on between them that I’ll never know.

It’s hopeful thought, not only in the obvious way, but in my own way of thinking about change.  For all those things that I see as stagnant and hopeless, this reminds me that there’s so much I don’t know and so many possible outcomes  that I’m sure I never even imagined.  It also reminds me that at some point, maybe even later today, I’ll be feeling better than I have for the last couple of day.




10 thoughts on “Hope and the flu

  1. Hi Maria

    I loved your post. I never tire of seeing my young cat literally snuggle into our older dogs legs when he is sleeping. I, like you, see something optimistic and hopeful about two species bonding that so many refer to as mortal enemies. Frieda is so beautiful – her beauty seems to grow with her stately age. Glad that you are starting to feel better. Althea

  2. Maria. Thanks so much for posting this beautiful photo . Biy makes me smile, to know that it’s possible to get along with each other.

  3. Dear Maria, This sentence is so magnificent that it should be on your art somewhere “For all those things I see as hopeless and stagnant, this reminds that there’s so much I don’t know and so many possible outcomes that I never imagined” I copied it and put it over my sink. Annie

  4. I find the group dynamics between animals fascinating. It’s so amazing how they arrange their socializing when members leave or come back to the group.

  5. oh, maria. thank you so much for these beautiful, inspiring words. i am trying so hard to live in this truth, that things that seem stagnant and hopeless also change. and that there are many possible outcomes to any and all situation. a lack of imagination keeps us mentally stuck. thinking of my new boss. my son. mille grazie.

    janet rock

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