Saturday, April 8, 2017
April 8 - A Sabbath Nap
A Sabbath Nap
Today I had it all planned out, I would build a fire
Listen to a Sabbath sermon on Youtube
My favorite pastor too and then I'd take a little nap.
I even covered up the attic squirrel we'd caught last night to keep it warm.
The dog we're babysitting woke me up
Decided we needed to play ball right now
Outside in the drizzle and she dropped a soggy tennis ball
Into my lap and barked into my ear.
Later this morning, after our ball game, I thought I could
Still get in a quiet sermon and a doze for an hour.
Maybe I'd read a bit, have a sandwich and some cold iced tea.
I made decaf tea in anticipation - no caffeine to disturb my nap.
Then the ambulance came and with it 5 burly firemen
They checked her out and said the wife would be okay
Some kind of stomach problem; probably should see
Her doc sometime next week or so. Then, I released the squirrel.
After noon I walked the dog down to the mailbox
It's a quarter mile from the house a healthy stroll
No mail yet, so then we threw the ball till she got tired and hid it
And I went inside to prop my feet up in my chair.
It was lunch time by then and I hit the freezer and the microwave
I accidentally made the spicy one first time - no dice,
So I made my Sweet Baboo another milder one and set aside the Cajun chicken.
Then checked the dog who was by now napping peacefully.
So this afternoon, I ate my spicy lunch then settled back
With a warm stomach and a glass of decaf tea.
And as I finished up, I check to see that all was well
And began to close my eyes, my blanket warm about me.
I looked up to find the dog, a mouthful of ball giving me the eye.
I talked her into another walk to the mailbox instead.
On our way back, her humans came home, so we gathered up
Her pile of blankets, the crate and doggie underpants.
I sat back down - I'd enter all my contacts into my new smartphone
I figured if I fell asleep no harm, but then the ice storm started and more rain.
I was finally done with most of what I had to do.
And found myself once more in my comfy chair and drifting off.
There arose a roaring in the fireplace and I'd put too much wood
On the flames and the heat had set the inside of the chimney
On fire. The smoke alarm went off, I pulled it down.
And sprayed up the flu with the fire extinguisher.
I've cleaned up the mess, now and the sun is going down.
Too late for a nap, too early yet to go to bed.
Thank you God for all my little troubles here this Sabbath day.
It lets me know I'm still alive and useful.
No "buts" this time.
© 2017 by Tom King