Dog Wisdom at Dusk ~ Outside the Margins with Posy Roberts

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Last Friday as dusk was starting to settle over my town, I let my dog outside to do her business. It was beautiful out, so I joined her to experience the lovely evening and the breeze. Sophie stood on the warm driveway, looking around our sleepy neighborhood with no rush to get back indoors, so I sat on the front step and waited.

Sophie is an old dog, nearly fifteen. She’s slowed way down in the last year or so, but she’s healthy aside from being nearly deaf and having some diminished vision. She sleeps a lot. She wanders at times, nervous-like. But that night, she sat, unwilling to come when I called her, completely content to curl up on the warm concrete and watch the world go by.

I was anxious to get back inside to find something to do, but since my husband and daughter were going to be home any minute, I needed to stay outside to make sure Sophie was safe when they drove up. But my anxiety was too much for me to sit as contentedly as she was, so I paced up and down the sidewalk in front of our house. I had things to do, as always, and dilly-dallying as the sun set wasn’t helping.

But it really did once I gave myself over to the moment.

Friday was my first official day of summer and the first day since 1998 that the job title, teacher, could no longer be attached to my name. I’ve homeschooled my daughter this year, so even when I wasn’t writing or editing, I always had something else to keep me busy. I had a perpetual to-do list, even during vacation times.

As Sophie watched me pace back and forth, whining when I got too far away, I realized this was the first time in ages that I’d stopped long enough to let my mind wander. I’d had this undercurrent of stress humming under the surface for the last month as I wrapped up several projects, and now there was nothing to do but wait.

Amazon was processing Cheeky Hipsters & Jocks, my first self-pub venture. Silver Scars was in the hands of proofreaders. There were no more lessons to prepare for or editing jobs sitting in my queue, and I wasn’t quite in the mindset to write the 25 blog posts on my list or to delve into my new employer’s training program. Too overwhelming. It was nine-something on a Friday, after all, and I was enjoying the lovely weather with my dog.

My dog, who might not be around much longer. My dog, who told me in her laid back way that I needed to slow down, live in the moment, take a load off, and just enjoy the quiet.

After my husband and daughter drove up, they went inside to unload their groceries. Sophie joined me on the step. I pet her silky fur as the sky got darker and the bats came out to feed on mosquitos. I allowed my mind to drift even more.

I had no idea the mundane task of letting my dog out at dusk would tie so many thoughts into such sparkling clarity for me. Once I saw everything for what it was, my anxiety started to drift away, and for the first time in years, I took a few days off, not worrying about a thing on my to-do list.

~Posy Roberts

About Posy Roberts

Posy Roberts writes about romantic male love. Whether her characters are family men, drag queens, or lonely men searching for connections, they all find a home in her stories.

Posy is married to a man who makes sure she doesn’t forget to eat or sleep; her daughter, a budding author and dedicated Whovian, helps her come up with character names. When Posy’s not writing, she enjoys crafting, hiking, and singing spontaneously about the mundane, just to make normal seem more interesting.


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One thought on “Dog Wisdom at Dusk ~ Outside the Margins with Posy Roberts

  1. Perfect title for this piece. I love reading about how humans learned something from their pets. Enjoy your summer.

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