Perfect Day by ahleena

Perfect Day

Such a perfect day
Problems all left alone.
Weekenders on our own...
Such fun.
Soundtrack for today:

I've been dreading this day for months.

After coming home from work at 12:30 am and desperately searching for documents and other preparations, we got a bit of sleep and set out this morning for court. Court was very short. In fact, we didn't make it to court. We had a little talk with the opposing attorney and agreed to put it off for three months while we negotiate. That left the rest of the day free.

On the way home, I realized that with me taking the day off, and my husband taking the day off to lend support and guidance, and my son having today off from his new job, and my daughter not having a job yet, it was a perfect, and maybe last opportunity to all go to the beach together, something each of us have said separately that we'd like to do. We never have time off together, even two of us. at the same time. Let alone all of us. So we got Thor and piled into two vehicles (with Thor along, one just would not be enough) and headed for the beach.

This was Thor's first introduction to the ocean. We found a nice secluded area with very few people around. Like all puppies and babies, he was afraid of the water at first, with the ever-moving breaks washing up on the sand. But it wasn't long till he was romping through the water and pouncing breaks and biting them (and no doubt getting a gulp of sea water each time). He also discovered that chasing the terns and seagulls was great fun. He also discovered it was a supreme waste of time and effort.

My daughter just happened to still have her archaeology equipment in her trunk, so she got out her trowel and bucket and started digging a hole, which Thor was more than happy to join in on. In fact, he seemed to be saying 'give me that trowel and stand back! You're in the way. I got this.' I didn't ever want him to take up digging as a hobby. Now the back yard is endangered. Oh well.

Some people passing by paused to chat. They were from England, and the guys were military, likely. My husband could spot it from a mile away. They were touring America. They'd started in San Francisco about 2 weeks ago, and were zig-zagging across the United States. They were here to visit NASA, and tomorrow they'd be headed to New Orleans. They were very nice folk, and complimented us on how well-behaved Thor was.

My daughter caught a fish, with her bare hands (tomorrow's photo). I can't say that we've ever managed that on a trip to the beach before.

Thor had a tendency to gather his toys that we threw into the tide and carry them back to our chair and pile of stuff. He did that with his punctured ball twice, and with his bucket. Though the bucket offered a dilemma because holding it in his mouth, he couldn't see around it to walk. So he had to take a few steps then turn his head left or right to get his bearings, and then walk a few more steps. At some point, he was close enough that he got stuck. Turning his head left or right was confusing him which way to go. Maybe he was too close to the chair to see it in his peripheral vision. So he just stood there wagging his head trying to figure out how to proceed. Finally he just walked forward till he ran into the chair with the bucket. Mission accomplished. We were dying laughing through the whole thing.

Thor eventually got tired, but couldn't bring himself to stop chasing waves or birds or whatever got his attention. Just about then, a dog-catcher truck drove by and said he had to be on a leash. So we put him back on his leash, and decided it was time to go. Before we even left the island, Thor got sick and threw up in the back seat. And as we went over the long bridge back to the mainland, pelicans glided in a line or even in formation, just a foot or two over the tops of the cars and trucks, riding the thermals coming off the road.

It was a perfect day.
What a happy coincidence. Glad to see Thor is feeling well enough to be a properly playful puppy.
May 25th, 2017  
@fotoblah Thank you! Sorry I didn't get the whole story out before you saw it. Thor is feeling MUCH better, btw. His antibiotics had him feeling more chipper (More chipper? Chipper-er?) as early as Monday afternoon. And his pain medications make him even more willing to crash into stuff than before. ;)
May 25th, 2017  
Sounds like you had a great time with all sorts of adventures included. Love the stop action capture.
May 25th, 2017  
@joysabin it was a wonderful day. And I felt the bright light would aid me in capturing the ever-moving Thor in action. ;) Thanks for looking and for reading that very, very long dialogue. 😃
May 25th, 2017  
@ahleena The incomplete story gave me some anticia --- pation, which made the happy ending more perfect (perfecter?). Any chance you'll take and share a photo of Buckethead, I mean Thor?
May 26th, 2017  
Entranced by your short story, I am. The photo is not half bad, either.
May 26th, 2017  
Lovely perfect day composition.
June 4th, 2017  
@fotoblah Here you go:

@scotthouston Grateful, am I. And thanks.

@boxplayer Thank you. There might have been more but I started running out of memory.
June 13th, 2017  
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