THE TURNING: A Jerry & Ruth Story

Jerry sat in the big leather armchair in the front window on a sunny November day. He gazed out at the yard. A bud had appeared on the old rose bush that put out fragrant apricot colored blossoms when it was in the mood. Nice. Very nice.  ••• Still, he was distracted and uncertain. The people in his life had suffered a heartbreaking loss that he didn’t entirely understand. He did know one thing though: anything that hurt them hurt him. A crazy mixture of chaos and fear, anger and outrage had been slicing through the air for weeks, piercing his heart even as it pierced theirs. The wound was deep and they seemed paralyzed. Would the people he cared for ever get over it? He had no idea, none at all.  ••• These dark thoughts began to get him down, his ears drooped, his skin sagged, but no dog worth his salt will mope for long. He looked around for something to take his mind off all the head-shouting, and that’s when he spied something interesting. He perked up.  ••• A delivery van had pulled up on the other side of the street. Whoa, he thought. I wonder who’s getting something? Maybe it’s me. Could be, and why the hell not? What if it is a gift from some, oh I don’t know, some benefactor who, when they finally step forth will turn out to be a really wonderful person and I will gasp in delight when I see who it is. And what if this gift is so amazing that it changes my life forever? Stranger things have happened, though none come to mind at the moment.  ••• This gift, he told himself with increasing pleasure, would be his to have forever for an obvious reason and he almost blushed when he thought about it. He had earned it by being such a good dog. That had to be it! He was a caring dog. Forgiving and affectionate. This package would be his long-overdue reward. His tail began to wag. In fact he – wait, but no. The delivery man didn’t come to his door, never seemed to give it a thought. The bell failed to ring and a package with enormous promise was not delivered to him. It had gone to someone else. Of course it had. Of course it had. Dammit, dammit, dammit!  ••• He knew this big fat NO was the way the world worked. Life doesn’t have to bring us wonderful, life-altering packages, and it usually doesn’t bother. It just wasn’t going to happen for him. And the more he thought about it the more it hurt, because if he ever did get that gift he would know how to make it really hum with enchantment. He could change the world with it. A pang of disappointment and a touch of resentment shimmered through him and disappeared into the air. He sighed and put his head down on his paws. Why do I bother, he wondered.Read More…