Mildred is the matriarch of an outlaw band of wild guinea pigs. She is clever, intelligent and a fierce fighter. She has gone up against wild dogs, raccoons and more than one possum and she has the scars to prove it. Mildred lives by two rules, “Look and act tough and never let anyone see you quiver.” She is brave and fearless because she holds the picture of her grandmother, who was captured and forced to run in a wheel, in her mind. She will do anything to keep her family free.
Not many beings would believe that a an unarmed guinea pig could take on a wild dog but that’s just what Mildred did. The dog was hungry and the baby guinea pigs were out playing. Mildred rushed the dog and started biting his ankles. She rolled, tumbled and bit faster than he could step on her. The dog finally gave up and limped away. Mildred watched him go and squeaked loudly, warning him not to return. The other guinea pigs rushed to her side but she shooed them away saying that she was fine and to keep watch over the wee guinea pigs.
See, it doesn’t always matter how small you are. It’s all about how much you want to stay free. It’s all about hating the wheel and never wanting those you love to be captured and put into cages. Mildred doesn’t understand why humans build their own cages, walk in, close the door, get on the wheel and then call it life. Mildred knows what freedom is. She knows what the wheel means and she’ll fight to the death before she pretends that that’s what life is all about.
There are those days when nothing will do but to roll on your back and have fun.
(I was able to get this photo because I had a couple stored and ready to use. I still can’t get any new ones or get into Photo. So you will see the few that I have available.)
When Melanie was here, we walked out of a store and I closed my eyes and took a deep breath, delighting in the warm sunny day. She lives in Florida and there’s no way to describe how wonderful the sun felt to someone who has it all the time.
Isn’t it funny how one day we can be incredibly happy and the next day all we want to do is drive into a viaduct going a 100 mph. See that’s why wishes don’t come true right away. Because we are all crazy and if we actually got what we asked for we’d be dead, or a lot of other people would be dead. We aren’t stable enough to manifest anything the moment we think about it. We change our minds all the time and truthfully, most of the time we don’t have a clue as to what we are wishing for. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR BECAUSE YOU MIGHT GET IT, is soooo true. We can’t possibly wish well enough, or see far enough, to tie up all the loose ends that might come along with our wish.
So next time you want to wish upon a star, maybe you should just wave instead.
I had a great time while Melanie was here. She made me buy more books…okay, admittedly, I suggested book shopping and I did DRIVE us to the bookstores, so I guess I’ll fess up and admit that it was my own fault:) I can’t wait to read all of them. She found a signed copy of Patti Smith’s new book for a fabulous price. That was a fun day…roaming up and down the aisles of bookstores, showing each other our treasures.
We went downtown, went to the Chicago Botanic Garden and we had Chicago Pizza, which was sooo delicious. I also took her to the library and showed her where her book was. Fortunately, no one had taken it out and it was there for her to see.
We ate at Noodles twice, because it was so good and I barely cook anymore. If she depended on me, she would have starved to death. She just left yesterday and I already miss our conversations. We had to get up at 3:30 a.m. to get to O’Hare on time and we stayed up until almost midnight talking and it was hard to stop. Seriously, who tells a story about a Bad Goose? How can you go to bed and sleep when you hear those words, right?
Hopefully, next year Bling and Melanie will be able to come at the same time. Fingers crossed. Then the house will be filled with junk food, chocolate donuts, Brownie Bites, coffee, cream cheese and jelly and lots of laughter and talk about art and poetry. Because those are the staples, as far as I’m concerned.
I went to Apple. They said that IPHOTO IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH THE MY APPLE COMPUTER EVEN THOUGH I HAVE BEEN USING IT FOR OVER 4 YEARS. Yes, I did say that LOUDLY. He showed me how to get pictures onto my blog in only a million steps. He said there would be no problem downloading pictures from my phone, but naturally it won’t work. So, I have to GO BACK THERE AGAIN. Really, this is getting insane. He didn’t know why iPhone won’t work but it won’t. Now I can’t even get the pictures onto Photo. I’m so frustrated and sick of this. Blah.
My Apple has a worm. So, no pictures will be forthcoming. Going back to the “Genius Bar,” which, in my opinion, should be called, “The Bar where people try to fix things.” At any rate, I will attempt to have them get it to work. Until then, you will just be getting words. Hopefully, I’ll be up to speed by the end of the week.