Thursday, June 23, 2011

Everybody Loves Rose!!

Our cul-de-sac is inhabited by elementary-aged kids. Several of them. Four rambunctious, high-energy boys visit Grandpa and Grandma daily. A brother/sister used to reside here, but have since moved away. This sweet-natured boy lives with his single mother. Two swift-growing brothers are being raised by their grandparents. They each enjoy playing outside--riding bicycles, shooting baskets, chasing one another, riding scooters--and all eight of them (Minus one) loves stroking Rose's velvet-soft fur. There is Shawn and Aaron next door. Those are the twain brothers who are being raised by Grandpa and Grandma. Also next door are Jonathan, Josh, David, plus Daniel. They are the brothers who frequently visit Grandpa and Grandma. In the next house over, there is William. He's the boy who resides with his single mother. Lastly, there is Brad and Libby. The brother/sister used to live here, but moved away. They visit Grandpa and Grandma frequently, however. Occasionally, these kids have friends over, even!! When I take Rose for her afternoon walks, it never fails, everyone bounds toward my sweet mongrel. Everyone, but Shawn, anyway!! Shawn is either too "teenager" to care, or he does not like canines!! The kids lavish attention upon her. Comment on how soft Rose's fur is. Share stories about their dogs. Ask what her name is. Question Rose's breed(s). Ask how old she is. Rose, of course, being my "Social Butterfly" wholeheartedly enjoys all the extra pats and scratches!! She just stands there, so patiently, awaiting our walk, yet willingly receiving each juvenile hand that touches her!! Rose swiftly grew to accept these kids like they are family. She whinnies softly for them as they run home from school. Rose would even let out a high-pitched bay.... If I allowed her to!! Because of Rose, I have formed a friendship with these kids. They are more than just "neighbors". I see them every day!! I comment on haircuts, new braces, glasses. We have discussed books, raccoons, movies. And all because everybody loves Rose!!

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