Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! And to all of you who aren't Christian (like me), Merry Christmas anyways; it's the thought that counts. This year, I got many wonderful presents from everyone including emails, cards, text messages, books, games, and clothes. This year, however, I got a present in its purest form from someone I least expected: Emma my large white and fluffy dog.

I had just driven down from Northern California and knocked on the door hands full with all my luggage when my mom opened the door for me. I staggered in and began depositing my stuff on the ground when Emma, curious to see who'd come in, came trotting over from around the corner with a large chunk of her dinner in her mouth. When she saw me, she stopped dead in her tracks and just stared. Then as it dawned on her who she was looking at, her eyes got wide and her jaw dropped and the chunk of meat she had just been cherishing a second ago fell straight from her mouth onto the ground. Having completely forgotten about her dinner, she galloped up to me tail wagging and tongue licking my face.

My mom watched the whole thing and we both remarked that it was the cutest thing we had ever seen because we both knew how Emma would normally growl and fight tooth and nail if anyone tried to take her dinner away from her. I guess it's why humans love animals so much, because when we see something like this, we know it is a true and sincere gift of love.