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I am God Father to a precocious dog named Maryann. A good friend and neighbor rescued her from The Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) a few years ago. He asked if I would look out for Maryann should anything happen to him. I said yes.
Maryann doesn’t like water, so it takes two of us and a bit of bribery to get her under the hose. She’ll do anything for *Pedigree Marrowbone Treats. They’re like doggy crack!
Today was warm enough, so we gave her a bath.
While rinsing her off, one of the neighborhood kids, barely ten years old and just a little off, ran up to us and said, “I like pink.” Then he ran away giggling. My neighbor and I just stared. I’m not sure why the little boy felt the need to run up to us and proclaim his love of pink. It was an odd moment. Did he mean to say he likes the color pink? Or, in a moment of unbridled passion, was he merely exclaiming his appreciation for the vocal stylings of the rock goddess Pink?
Clearly, we put more thought into this than the neighbor kid had. But it did make me smile and wish I was as young and carefree as a child more often. Perhaps all it takes is a little randomness in our lives.
When was the last time you did something out of the ordinary just because it was fun? It’s been a while for me. Maybe I’ll start a game of tag in Rittenhouse Square Park tomorrow.