Beaumont: So… I’m getting really confused.
Me: About what?
Beau: You need to ask?
Me: I’d prefer not to assume. I remember what happened last week when I did.
Beau: Yeah! So the old girl can learn new tricks?!
Me: Haha! Very funny. I’m not that old.
Beau: In dog years you’re ancient.
Me: Fine. Can we go back to what you’re confused about please?
Beau: Sure. But you will probably wish we didn’t!
Me: Just lay it down Beau.
Beau: Ok. So… Here’s what I’m confused about. There’s this big beautiful world out there calling to be explored and you’re forcing me to sit here in the studio, wearing this ridiculous jacket I might add, staring at the outside from the inside.
Me: We already went for a walk.
Beau: And your point is?
Me Well…. life isn’t all walks no art play, you know.
Beau: Oh lady. How wrong you are. I’m a dawg. I have no need to ‘explore my creative core’ as you like to say. I am my creative core every minute of every day.
Me: Whoopee for you. We humans aren’t so lucky. We lose touch with our creative cores at a very young age and have to relearn how to get in touch with it all over again when we’re adults.
Beau: You know it would be easier if you were more like a dawg and just stayed in touch with it.
Me: Yes. Well. My point is we’re not dawgs.
Beau: Too bad. Maybe if you were, you would be outside playing and being creative in the great outdoors instead of inside here playing at making art.
Me: I’m not going to win this one am I?
Beau: Why should this one be any different than every other conversation?
Me: I just thought maybe you’d give me a break.
Beau: There you go being all human again. My job’s not to ‘give’ you a break. My job is to encourage you to take a break and get outside. You know. The ole’ win/win scenario.
Me: Fine. Let’s go for a walk.
Beau: Will you take this ridiculous coat off me?
Me: Do you promise not to lick your incision?
Beau: Do dawg’s poop in the woods?
Me: It’s bears, not daw…. oh never mind. Yes. I’ll take the coat off you.
And so, Beau and I went for a walk, sans coat, and he was right. Playing in the great outdoors is a fast way to get in touch with your inner child… but I do kind of think I won this one…. I put the coat back on when we came indoors. It’s for his own good! Honest! 🙂
I’m working on a post about walking unplugged — today I focused on the joy the dogs found in the walk and the colours I saw and how to paint them. It really is a win to go outside and walk — no matter the time, temperature or setting.
What a lovely practice — to walk unplugged. Nice!