"She keeps repeating it over and over again.
We've been back to this animal shelter at least five times. It has been
weeks now since we started all of this," the mother told the volunteer.
"What is it she keeps asking for?" the volunteer asked. "Puppy size!"
replied the mother. "We have plenty of puppies, if that's what she's
looking for." "I know. .we have seen most of them," the Mom said in
frustration . . . Just then the young child came walking into the office.
"Well, did you find one?" asked her Mom.
"No, not this time," she said with sadness in her voice. "Can we
come back on the weekend?"
The two women looked at each other, shook their heads and laughed.
"You never know when we will get more dogs. Unfortunately, there's
always a supply," the volunteer said.
The young child took her mother by the hand and headed to the door.
worry, I'll find one this weekend," she said.
Over the next few days both mom and dad had long conversations with her.
They both felt she was being too particular. "It's this weekend or we're
not looking any more," Dad finally said in frustration. "We don't want
to hear anything more about puppy size either," mom added.
Sure enough, they were the first ones in the shelter on Saturday morning.
By now the young knew her way around, so she ran right for the section
that housed the smaller dogs.
Tired of the routine, Mom sat in the small waiting room at the end of the first row of cages.
There was an observation window so you could see the
animals during times when visitors weren't permitted.
The young walked slowly from cage to cage, kneeling periodically to take
a closer look. One by one the dogs were brought out and she held each
one. One by one she said, "Sorry, you're not the one." It was the
last cage on this last day in search of the perfect pup. The volunteer
opened the cage door and the child carefully picked up the dog and held it
closely. This time she took a little longer.
"Mom, that's it! I found the right puppy! He's the one! I know it!" she
screamed with joy. "It's the puppy sighs!" "But it's the same size as all
the other puppies you held over the last few weeks," mom said. "No not
size - - - the sighs. When I held him in my arms, he sighed," she said.
"Don 't you remember? When I asked you one day what love is, you told me
love depends on the sighs of your heart. The more you love, the bigger the sigh!"
The two women looked at each other for a moment. Mom didn't know whether to laugh or cry.
As she stooped down to hug her child, she did a little of both.
"Mom, every time you hold me, I sigh. When you and Daddy come home from work and
hug each other, you both sigh. I knew I would find the right puppy if it sighed when
I held it in my arms," she said. Then holding the puppy up close to her face she said,
"Mom, he loves me. I heard the sighs of his heart!"
Close your eyes for a moment and think about the love that makes you sigh.
Not only can you find it in the arms of God and loved ones, but in the caress of
a sunset, the kiss of the moonlight and the gentle brush of cool air on a hot day.
They are the sighs of God. He wants us to enjoy his sighs.
Take the time to stop and listen; you will be surprised at what you hear.
Used with permission © Bob Perks.
A special thanks to Bob Perks for use
of his poetry. You may visit Bob's site
"Life is not measured by the breaths
we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."
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