Today’s Daydream

I imagine we are in a small red house near a frozen pond. It’s winter. We’re snowed in, miles from anyone or anything, and that’s how we like it. redcottage

Inside are colorful rope rugs, wooden walls papered with flowers, a stone mantle around a fireplace that gives adequate heat. I’m not sure who’s there except me, my daughters, and all the dogs we’ve ever loved.

The dogs snore by the fire, legs kicking. I bake gooey cinnamon bread while the girls play outside, skating on the pond in their sneakers, slipping and falling, unhurt. Unhurtable.

I lick the sugar off my fingertips and stand at the kitchen window watching as my girls pretend they’re ballerinas, then Willie Mays sliding into home. They stop, stand up, point, hold their fingers over their mouths, “Shhhhhhhh.” I turn and see what they see: a five-point buck with a mound of snow on his nose.

There will always be more beauty, more mystery than we can ever imagine.

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juliebarton

I'm a writer and mom living in Northern California, author of the New York Times Bestselling memoir, Dog Medicine, How My Dog Saved Me From Myself

3 thoughts on “Today’s Daydream

  1. Julie – I don’t comment enough on your posts but I love -LOVE- reading them. They remind me to think and enjoy my day and surroundings and to remember that every day is a gift.

  2. Sometimes I think I’d like to spend less time inside my head and more time inside yours. My most profound thoughts of the day were menus for the xmas party, emailing my tax accountant, and teaching Cargo Leave It yet again.

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