Hi Friends –
Today I get to share more stories about our adventures and where I take Mom & Dad when I convince him to take time away from the office. It really was a great day.
We started the day just about as early as a work day because Dad wanted to be sure he was able to get his morning routines out of the way before the rest of the pack needed the same spaces, like the room with the magic water bowl and the rain machine. Because we slept in a few minutes and the old cat demanding wet food and fresh water we almost made it out for our walk and back in for my service vest before the girls descended on the kitchen. Mom and the oldest puppy are REALLY not morning people, you guys. Dad tried to make a couple jokes and he almost ended up being tied to the roof of the truck. The best thing, I told him, was to down -tay, and practice “speak when you’re spoken to” and only answer in a clear concise way. I thought for sure Dad was going to get hit with a wiffle bat or an empty water bottle. It did get better, after coffee and dropping the puppies at their schools, but it was dicey there for a bit. Ummm…. I love you, Mom.
We hit the road and headed north. I asked if we were going to SDP but Dad said that wasn’t really in the plan (I always think we’re going to SDP when we head north). As we drove I was missing the human puppies and kept checking their seats. Dad could tell I was a little sad, so he shared the plan for the day. He asked if I remembered when we talked to our friend Catherine last Sunday after service. I told him I did but I really wasn’t paying attention to much more than getting pets from her; she really likes me and she has a kind heart. Dad knew I wasn’t following so he filled in the blanks. He said we talked about Ipswich and Concord, Massachusetts. We’re going to Concord today and visiting some historical sites that relate to the history of this country. He said it would be fun; I huffed at him, and said I’d judge that later and let him know.
We arrived in Concord and planned our route on the go, kinda going on feel. I like when we do that. It gives me hope that Dad is learning to live in the moment. First we went to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery where Ralph Waldo Emerson gave a dedication speech and would be buried there decades later. I could barely contain myself and practically pulled Dad up Author’s Ridge. I could feel that there was so much energy there and of course I was right. This is the burial site of a number of famous Concordians, including some of the United States’ greatest authors and thinkers. I saw the plot of Louisa May Alcott, a noted educator and leader of a philosophical movement called transcendentalism. We also saw the plots of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson and many others. We left soon after taking in Author’s Ridge because Dad wanted to see some other sites. You guys really need to go look at my Instagram, though. It was so pretty there. That Emerson guy’s headstone is a HUGE, like DANE HUGE, piece of quartz.
The next place we went was to the Old Manse: Emerson’s ancestral home and later residence of writer Nathaniel Hawthorne. Yes, the same people we just visited in the cemetery. Immediately adjacent was the Old North Bridge & Battle Field. Mom explained “the shot heard around the world” to me but I was more concerned with the school kids on a field trip and Concord River. Mom took me down the bank and let me take a drink from the river. I have to say the water was clean, clear and had a nice fall bouquet. I may have even detected a touch of squirrel. Very nice. I asked to go for a swim but was told we had other places to go, so I understood.
By this time Mom and Dad were getting hungry so we loaded up and took another short trip to our lunch destination. Since we were on a history blitz we had to go to The Colonial Inn; it too is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The original structure was built in 1716, and the property has been operated as a hotel since 1889. In 1775, one of the Inn’s original buildings was used as a storehouse for arms and provisions. I was bit concerned the food would also be something dug up from days gone by. To my surprise and Mom and Dad’s delight the food was delicious (at least that’s what I was told. They didn’t share.).
After lunch we loaded up once more and headed over to Lincoln, MA and found Walden Pond. Henry David Thoreau lived at Walden Pond from July 1845 to September 1847. His experience at Walden provided the material for the book Walden, which is credited with helping to inspire awareness and respect for the natural environment. This one was a “drive by” because the park wanted to charge for parking so Dad promised this for another time. Dad said he read Walden in high school. I huffed and said it must have been required reading. He assured me it wasn’t but Mom and I were not convinced.
Mom and Dad said they really want to do this same trip again, maybe next time with the human puppies or with my friend Catherine who lived in the area and is really excited to show us around. It’s always neat to see a place through the eyes of someone who has lived there. She’s also excited to see SDP and I can’t wait to make that happen for her. I really want her to see the pond, it’s so much fun!
Speaking of SDP, Mom and Dad decided that since we were so close we’d stop in. Dad let me loose in the pond for a run and a swim; it was bark-tastic. I also met the puppies. That was really cool, too, because I made a new friend from outside the gates. My new friend says his name is Tony. He has a big round belly. Miss Tracy let me sniff at him and he even gave me kisses. It was so great. He says that’s because he wants to grow up big and strong so that he can be a service dog just like me. I’m sure he will succeed and I’m so proud that he came to me for advice. For now I told him the best thing he could do was to be himself and listen to his trainers. I will be checking up on his progress for sure. Mom was inside the gate with the pups and I have to admit I was really jealous. I don’t know if I was more jealous that they could pile in MY mom’s lap or that she got to be in a pile of puppies! But it sure made her happy so I guess that was good. Before too long it was time for a bath and to head home for a good night’s sleep before work. A perfect Dane day.