Walking the dog

This is what I saw today.

It was a beautiful, sunny day.

It started out freezing. Nonetheless, I dressed too well for the weather in the low forties. I had on jeans and a long sleeve shirt and a wool sweater jacket. I had a cashmere beanie on, one of the things that my bald head tolerates well and uses to keep my whole body warm. It is true that a warm head keeps the body warm, at least in my experience.

I am amazed at how even a buzz haircut is capable of keeping a person warm. Suffice it to say that taking a razor to the pate makes you aware of this.

I walked and got hot and had to take off my hat. One of my goals is to walk the dog and not get warm to the point of perspiring. I am not capable in this regard. I am sensing I will not reach this goal.

We walked one and a half miles.

Later in the day it was in the seventies, low seventies, but the seventies. Stewie and I walked for two miles. We completed it in less than forty minutes and I was warm. I wore jeans and a long sleeve shirt and a baseball cap.

It is funny. Sometimes it is almost as if I resent the walk. Other times I am in ecstasy as I am walking. Today, it was the latter. The trees, bushes, and plants were all changing color. The wind was rustling through the trees and the leaves on the ground were blowing. I was able, for just a few moments, to actually put any worries and issues on the back burner.

It was beautiful.

I did a total of three and a half miles today of dogwalking. I need to learn to love it. It is healthy, it gets me in nature, it gets me out. It makes me forget.

Carpe diem.

Now, let’s get out and vote.

About Richard Koerner

Sixty something, father, papi, educator, organizer, Francophile, traveler, amateur photographer, gardener, cyclist, kayaker, calligrapher, cinephile, reader, and overall renaissance type human being.
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