I am off today.
catching up on emails
charting and following up on labs
going to meetings
problem solving with my children
yardwork and weeding
scrolling social media
working on a talk
connecting and coordinating
feeling inadequate that I don’t get more done.
But two pairs of eyes stare at me expectantly.
Following me relentlessly.
Watching. Waiting. Anticipating.
Finally, I give up and I load them in the car and off we go.
We pull into a friend’s fields.
I suddenly realize that the sunflowers are in full bloom,
and this is why I will always have a dog in my life.
I may be spending the rest of the day
hosing off the mud,
picking the burrs out of fur,
failing to cross off more things on my list,
but I will do it having walked among the sunflowers
for a little while this morning.