They returned. And along with dinner they brought a bag full of chocolate. They knew who they were and they understood from all of your comments what they had to do. I thank each and every one of you, (and them) my cupboards are momentarily, comfortingly full. So is my refrigerator but that's a whole different rant, er, story.
Saturday was a warm, sunny day. Late afternoon at work I walked outside to find the Lab sprawled out on the sidewalk , eyes closed, utterly content. I sat down on a concrete bumper in front on her and was petting her and crooning one of my silly songs when suddenly there was a big bang. It could have been our Big Bang because the car to our left, not 2 feet from us, was the cause. The tire exploded, the quarter panel blew out , there was smoke from under the hood and bits and pieces of the car were raining all around us.
I had no idea what had happened. Until GG and the rest of the shop came running out, we continued to sit. I think we were totally stunned. I thought someone was blowing up a balloon and they had overfilled it. They thought it was a gun or an engine exploding. We were all wrong.
But we are all right. Neither of us were hurt, no one lost their hearing, I was just a little dirtier than usual when leaving work. I wondered if I would feel a big rush of gratitude down the line but that hasn't happened yet, just a small steady stream of happiness.
Today looks like it will hold more good. The birds are singing, the sun is shining, I am pecking away at the keyboard with all 10 fingers and we will be off shortly to buy some pansies.
It wasn't our time yet and for that I am also very very happy.
P.S. My hair was blown straight up over my head and I looked like a cartoon character. Wish we had a pic of that:)