For one thing, he hardly ever had to work, which is not conducive to normalcy in a 30-something male in my experience. So he had a lot of free time which he spent around the house and in the yard, engaging in loud activities. He was one of those "look at me" types.
Lindsay was just a baby then, so I toted her over to their house and did babysitting for them -- until the day I was dismissed for feeding their children cinnamon toast for breakfast (which their children suggested and fixed for themselves, btw, being well-practiced in the technique. Fishy.) What did they expect for breakfast . . . steamed broccoli?
Anyway, our most vivid memory of this family is the time the youngest boy broke his leg in a somewhat spectacular fashion and had the most enormous cast I've ever seen on a 3-year-old boy. So the father did what any normal dad would do -- he put the little boy in a wagon and pulled him around the neighborhood, loudly wailing (the dad, not the kid) "POOOOOOR FRANKLIN! POOOOOOR FRANKLIN!" Oh boy.
But I've been thinking about that memory . . . and I've started looking for a wagon. The problem is, it needs to be a REALLY BIG wagon because of what I need to pull around the block:
Cooper endured his second knee surgery last week, and although he is now begging to jump and run and play, my checkbook is less eager to rebound. I'm not sure whether I should wail, "POOOOOOR COOOOPER" or "POOOOOR RUSS AND SUSAN" because so far, this dog has set back our retirement just about as much as our youngest child's college education. (But that's another post.)
Flying McCoys, Glenn and Gary McCoy
Cooper hates nothing more than wearing a big plastic cone on his head, but he seems to be completely unaffected by pain. They did, after all, slice off his knee, twist the bones around a lot, and reattach everything less than a week ago, but that hasn't really discouraged him from BOUNDING to the door when it opens or to the cookie jar when he sees me enter the target zone.
The nice lady who cared for him at the vet's office commented that, while he has an amazing capacity for pain, he also has quite an endearing capacity for self-pity, and she was right. Cooper is well practiced in the art of "puppy dog eyes."
Since coming home, however, he's moved more into the "stoic endurance" phase of his recuperation.
He just sighs a lot and hopes someone remembers to reach in the cone and stroke his ear now and then (which I do . . . but it's getting a little icky inside that cone . . . and still a week to go!)
Our biggest problem is keeping him from running and jumping, or from trying to barrel up and down the stairs every time he senses movement on another floor. We'll be fighting those impulses for the next 12 weeks.
Special Agent Cooper, from Lindsay's Dog Comics, 2008
Wouldn't that be a wonderful problem to have?
Can you imagine if your biggest problem
was trying to keep from being too enthusiastic and/or too active?
And on another note . . . if you haven't popped in to visit Small Works' Happy Thought yet, please do! It's still a little lonely over there, but since I embarked on this little adventure I've taken to jotting ideas on every scrap of paper I can get my hands on -- and that includes at the car wash, in the shower, at the grocery store . . .
and I just love when that happens!
Come to think of it, sometimes my biggest problem is trying to keep my BRAIN from getting over-excited and wanting to run and jump and bound up and down stairs.
Maybe I should put it in a plastic cone?
On second thought, I'll just keep scribbling down the ideas
and be grateful I'm not a dog.