We all have a little bit of crazy in us. I know I do and those closest to me do as well. It’s part of what makes us, well, us! Would you like to hear a little bit of mine?
Frank went to his sisters a couple of weeks ago and I couldn’t go because I had a craft show and a Brody to wrangle. When I got back from dinner with the lovely Sue, I was certain someone was going to try and break into the house and was having major anxiety about it.
When I’m feeling such anxiety, I find it best to have a plan. What was my plan? Go stay at a friend’s house? Turn on all the lights? Ask someone to come stay? Take a deep breath and tell myself to get over it?
No. I put clothes on that I could sleep in but also run out the door (or through a window if needed), put my untied, laces loosened sneakers by the futon, put my car keys in my right coat pocket and my wallet and house keys in the left in case we had to leave quickly. Then I dragged Brody’s bed downstairs, put his harness and leash with my coat and made him sleep by me downstairs. Why downstairs? There’s more exit options. I thought about having Brodsmontana sleep in his harness just in case, but that just didn’t seem nice to the pup.
I never claimed to be sane, but I didn’t want him to be uncomfortable. If you’re wondering, he didn’t really care, although he rolled his eyes at me when I told him we had to be ready if there was a robber. He just likes to sleep next to his people. And he got a treat.
After a lot of water, gentle tv and eventual sleep, I felt much better the morning. I realize that my behavior wasn’t exactly what one would call “reasonable” and I thought about why I might have been so anxious. It’s not like Frank hasn’t gone away for the night before and I know that there’s no end to Brody trying to protect me. Besides, if someone broke in, Brody would scare them off before they even got close to us. He’s that good, er loud.
I think that it might have been the spice drops I munched on during the day. I’ve had similar anxiety episodes after eating many cheap jelly beans (I’m assuming it’s the coloring used? I could be wrong.) and well, spice drops have a LOT of coloring in them. At least that’s what I’m going with this time.
Tell me about a time you were less than sane? Make me feel a little closer to normal 😉