Short essays by Douglas Winslow Cooper, Ph.D., the author of TING AND I: A Memoir of Love, Courage and Devotion, published in September 2011 by Outskirts Press (Parker, CO, USA), available from outskirtspress.com/tingandi, Barnes and Noble [bn.com], and Amazon [amazon.com], in paperback or ebook formats. Please visit us at tingandi.com for more information.
Thursday, October 3, 2019
UNDERSTANDING SASSIE, 18, Teenagers
Meanwhile, back at the wooded area, Sassie’s
brother and sister had discovered the dirt road and the black skins that had
the smell of food.
The smell of man was in this area, but
instead of being afraid, they recognized that man had been bringing good
eats. The dogs had started to watch a
teenage boy and girl who kept coming to this area. They would walk along the dirt road, but they
were always carrying a good smelling box.
When they got to a grassy area they would put a piece of cloth on the
ground, set the box on the cloth, and pull out the food contained inside the
The teenagers seemed to be no threat to the
dogs and because they left food scraps whenever they got up to leave, the dogs
looked forward to their appearances. As
time went on, the dogs felt they could come closer to the couple. The dogs’ hunger overcame their fear.
The teenage girl was the first one to spot
the dogs and wanted to encourage their approach, so she began to toss some
pieces of her roast beef sandwich toward the dogs. The teenagers left more and more food on the
ground whenever they left the area in the hopes that this would further help
gain the dog’s trust.
Before the hot days of summer became the
cool and colorful days of fall, the dogs were running to the teenagers and
eating the treats from their hands. It
was a love affair that pulled the dogs away from the forest and into their new
life with humans. This was a situation
that would leave Goldie alone in the forest.
Millie was getting ready to start her work
at the diner. Her thoughts were not on
her waitress work but on Mike. He had
begun to spend more and more time with her.
She really liked Mike but wasn’t sure if their relationship was getting
too serious. Millie wanted to graduate
college and begin a career before even thinking about marriage.
Mike was hinting at a closer relationship,
and Millie was confused about what Mike meant when he said, “I’d like to be
with you more often.”
Millie decided that if she could, she
would avoid Mike. She felt she should no
longer answer any of his phone calls and planned to keep a minimum of
conversation with him at the diner. She
just did not have the time for Mike and college. Having made this decision, she glanced up
when she heard the door open. A new
customer had just entered. She grabbed
the pot of coffee and went to work.
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