Lately, I’ve been thinking that one of the best things about being middle aged is knowing that the retirement years are finally on the horizon. My husband’s, that is, not mine. But if all goes well, he should be able to retire sometime in the next five to ten years. And that means we will finally be able to spend the entire month of January in Florida, enjoying the sunshine instead of battling the cold, snow and ice of a typical midwest winter.
I’m tired of lying in bed for at least ten minutes after I wake up every morning, trying to work up the nerve to get up and face yet another frigid day. When I finally do drag myself out of bed, I bundle up in several layers (long underwear has become my new favorite piece of clothing), warm up the car and head down to the Humane Society to help the other volunteers walk the forty-some housebroken dogs who are patiently waiting for their morning potty break. In my weaker moments, I think about just not going. But I know that only means that the other volunteers will have even more dogs to walk, and I don’t want to do that to my friends. Plus, they know where I live.
So for now, I take comfort in hoping that it won’t be too many more years before I’m spending my January mornings in Florida, where I belong. I’ll wake up, hop out of bed immediately, put one some light-weight clothes and go for a stroll on the beach, stopping now and then to pick up a pretty seashell. I really believe that time is coming, and dreaming of it is what keeps me going through this long, cold and dreary month.
In the meantime, if anyone knows how to make an indoor dog toilet, please leave the instructions in my comment section. Seriously.