Anyone who knows me , knows I'm big on paying it forward, and paying it back…
Life threw me a curveball at the end of this summer. The details aren't important, but suffice it to say I was a mess. Like train wreck, mess. I pretty much lost faith in humanity. I lost my ability to trust.
So, I got out of Dodge,and headed for my happy place. All by myself, for the FIRST time in my 50 years on the planet. No husband, no kids, no dogs or cats. Just me,myself and I.
I got to meet some of St.John's Finest when our property manager in fact DID NOT turn off the security alarm…..but it's good to know the police DO respond to the eardrum piercing screech of our ADT alarm (RAINBOW!).
I'm a big fan of the St. John Animal Care Center. Ryan and everyone there do God's work.every.day. I've got a huge heart for animals. I've been known to shamelessly ask my northern friends to pick up an extra pup or kitty treat while they are shopping (and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart!). My suitcase is usually full of dog and cat supplies. (Wonder what the TSA thinks of that!).
The ACC is always looking for volunteers to help walk the dogs in residence at the shelter at 8am and 3 pm. I have met some of the sweetest dogs of every size and breed.
I can't put into words what spending some time with these dogs does for ones soul…..They just love. They don't care what you look like, how much money you make, if you are tall or short…..nothin'
they.just.love (RAINBOW). They taught me to be patient with them and with myself. That they are not perfect,and it's ok that I'm not either (RAINBOW).
They just love being out of their kennels. Some love the water (note to self: bring your watershoes next time), others, not so much. Some of the humans we meet along the way like us, some not so much (fear of dogs here is common, but we're working on that!).
In the end both the dog and I have gotten in a good workout (RAINBOW). My personal trainer back home will be happy to know I'm doing more than sipping Dark &Stormy's …(.kiss kiss Misty!)
I'm just an average person. Although my husband would disagree, there is really nothing special about me. I'm ok with that. Together we have raised 2 children. My hat is off to anyone raising children these days. It's exponentially harder now than it has been in the past. But ,our youngest will graduate college this Spring. Thank You Baby Jesus!! They are 2 fine young adults, if I do say so myself I could not be more proud of them!! I feel like the Good Lord put me on this earth to be their mother.
Which brings me to our second "pet" cause on St.John.
We participate in the Kids First program.We donate 2% of the cost of every rental to this program.Their Mission is to support quality education for all children of St.John. Google :Kids First St. John….it's worth your time. Education is paramount. It opens doors to opportunity. So there you have it. Pay it forward to the pups…Pay it back to the kids.(RAINBOW).
Something else happened when I was all by myself on my island. I was running into locals more and more. Getting to know their names….their "stories". Mostly at bars (I cannot tell a lie!). But I started to feel better about people. These local folks…..there pretty nice…..fun actually. I don't think I would offend any of them if I said… a little "different"…..like ME.
And then it hit me! Like the toys on the Island of Misfit Toys ,of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer fame, different is OK!!!! It's OK to be an elf that wants to be a dentist…..or a Charlie in the Box…..a train with square wheels! I AM different…..Maybe that's why I like these people. I'm like them…..I fit in here! (RAINBOW)
I came back to Pennsylvania with a renewed soul, ready to face the world (but I'm still counting the wake-ups til my next trip to my island happy place!)
The dogs are walked at 8am and 3pm.