The wind feels fresh as it blows down over the snow capped mountains. We are wearing our coats to keep us warm. Birds are singing in the trees and I stop to listen.
Their songs echo in the stillness and fill my heart with love. Pearl is darting back between Seamus and myself to make sure we are all staying with the pack.
We sniff the juicy Spring grass and I have a good roll. I love carrying the smells of the forest. Our companions will wipe me clean when we get back to car.
A silver haired woman is sitting on a wooden bench and smiles at us. Her walking poles are leaning against the side.
“Hello you lovely doggies,” says the woman, reaching out to stroke me.
“Mind his neck,” says our companion, “he’s been rolling in all sorts.”
“Oh, my dogs used to do that,” says the woman, “they loved a good roll.”
Pearl trots over to the woman and sniffs her hands.
“I’ve got nothing here for you sweetie,” says the woman. Seamus has caught up and lies down beside the bench.
“How far is it to the loch?” asks the woman.
“It’s another forty five minutes or so,” says our companion.
“Oh good, I’ll manage that. I’ve always wanted to come and see the loch with my husband. He suffered a stroke and I’ve been looking after him ever since. He can walk again but not not very far. Today I’ve come here just for me.”
“You will love it when you get there,” says our companion. “It’s a very special place. Seamus always goes straight in the water. Stay there for a bit if you can and watch the light change. It always makes my heart sing.”
“Och I am so glad I am here,” says the woman. “There’s no greater gift than the natural beauty on this earth. I will take lots of pictures so my husband can see where I have walked today.”
I touch the woman’s hand with my nose and look deep into her eyes. I see a very kind soul who has given a lot of herself to others.
You will need to take care of yourself dear friend. When you take care of yourself you will be better able to take care of those you love.
“I think you are trying to tell me something, aren’t you?” says the woman. “I suppose you think I should spend more time in nature, don’t you?”
I nudge her hand and blink at her. She bends forward and strokes the top of my head.
“Thank you little man,” she says. “You remind me of old Max. He always told me what to do.”
We walk on through the forest and the sun breaks through the clouds. The only sound we hear are the birds singing.
I wish every person who has to take care of others will have the opportunity to spend some time in nature to replenish themselves. I wish they will be able to smell the grass and the trees and listen to the birds. I hope they will be able to let their hearts sing.
I send you all so much love,
Daily Prompt: Sing