Fill my eyes with that double vision. No disguise for that double vision… I just love that AC/DC song, don’t you?
I was sitting out by the river with the girls. I was in a writing trance. Writers know what I’m talking about. You start writing, tune everything out, and later on (when your mind is right – or left), you read what you wrote for what seems to be the first time. It’s a strange thing, I’ll admit.
This time, I did hear something. The girls heard it, too. I watched them. Their ears perked up and they were looking at something. I joined them. Sure enough, there was a goat leisurely walking across the bluff. I focused in on him, but then I saw two. Was I having double vision? Maybe. I smelled and tasted my Careless Coffee. No, it seemed just right. Just the perfect amount of Jack Daniels. It wasn’t that. Although, I can recall a few times when the recipe went awry and strange things happened. But that’s usually around Christmas. I’ll share that another time.
There were definitely two goats. I’ve seen plenty of goats over the years on that mountain. I’ve never seen two goats side-by-side in that position. This was a once in a lifetime happening. I even caught it with my camera. Then I began to wonder. How many once in a lifetime things have passed me by while I was in a trance, or just not paying attention?
It’s so easy to get caught up in every day minutia. I now make it a point to stop and smell the roses. Just like when my girls follow their noses. I sometimes think I would be lost without them. Dogs are great guides through life.
I know it’s not an AC/DC song. Foreigner is pretty awesome. I live all of my years in a single minute. Sometimes it seems like that. Don’t blink. You may wake up one day and realize the things you’ve missed. Nobody wants that.
Write that book. Go to that concert. Spend every possible minute with those children of yours. Hug your wife. Hug your dog. Take in every possible moment you’re able to. Some, if not all of them, will be special and fleeting. But you already knew that, didn’t you?
Go make some memories. In the end, that’s all we really have. That’s all we leave behind when we leave this Earth. And maybe, just maybe, take with us when we do.