I have owned my home since 2003, and after I did some remodeling, I can honestly say that I love coming home. There is just something about pulling into my driveway and knowing that this home is the space I created, the space that holds all my familiar and awaits me at the end of each day.
During the winter months, it is always fun to turn onto my street as my very tall pine catches my eye and gives me a sense of delight, as the lights shine in the darkness. This very tall tree in my front yard reminds me of the importance of finding ways to shine my light in my home and family, my friendships, my neighborhood, community and in my world.
As I pull into my driveway, I wonder if my dog Dutch will have gotten into anything, as in if she found a snack to enjoy, while I was away. Someday I could write a book called The Adventures of Dutchess. She is really quite a character.
As I unlock the door, I see the shadow of my chocolate lab awaiting me on the steps landing. Dutchess is a deep dark brown color, and as I enter my home, the motion sensor on my light does not yet sense my presence. I greet Dutch often with a “well hello there Dutchess.” She immediately rises on her hind legs and raises up to hug me. She will rest her head on my shoulder in a charming way and in her own dog way, there is a sense of welcome home!
I am grateful for all the people in my life and I am grateful for the way that I, as a single woman, created a home that is very comfortable and welcoming. But in the silence and in the dark, I am grateful at the end of the day for the way that this dog welcomes me home in such a tender way.
As I write tonight, I remembered a video I once found. It is one of those that feels perhaps a little sputton and a little comical and yet communicates a bit of truth as well. So I will close with this short video. Enjoy and know that I am grateful for the way Dutch welcomes me home at the end of a busy day!