Marlene sent me this story of an unexpected house guest.
When my favorite aunt had to go in for an extended stay in a convalescent home, she asked me to keep her young white Poodle, René. It was a busy time of my life. I had two school age children, a small baby and a home remodeling project that went on and on. But I couldn’t say no.
Soon René became an important part of our household. I tried not to think about how sad we would be when my aunt was able to return to her home and take René back.
One morning my daughter rushed in while I was fixing breakfast and said, “Mom, you bought us a guinea pig.”
I hadn’t bought a guinea pig. I followed her into her laundry room and there on the floor was René nursing a very black puppy.
When I recovered from the shock, I checked my calendar. Around two months earlier,
I had taken René with me to visit a friend from church. She had a pair of black breeding Poodles who she said didn’t like other dogs.
But they seemed to like René right away. “Isn’t that cute?” she said. “They’re going off to play.” She poured me a cup of tea and we talked for a while.
When my aunt found out what had happened, she smiled for the first time in months. She renewed her efforts in physical therapy and soon was able to go back to her own home.
We were sad to have to give René back, but she had left us a little dividend that quickly has become the focus of our lives for many years.
Thanks for sharing this story, Marlene.