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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Imagine if..


Once there was a boy and a dog. They belonged to each other. The dog had come to live with the boy when the boy was just a baby and the dog was just a puppy. They grew to be great friends. The boy loved the dog very much. He knew when the dog was hungry. He always made sure the dog had good bones to eat. The dog loved the boy very much as well. He would listen for the bus that brought the boy from school everyday. He always waited for the boy at the door or by the bedside. They loved each other very much.When the summer came and the boy didn't have school, they would spent all day chasing butterflies, or playing tumbles across the flower fields. They both thought it was the best time of year.

Just like the boy could tell when the dog was hungry, The dog could tell when the boy didn't feel well. The boy started to feel sick in the middle of summer. He tried not to let it show, But the boy didn't feel well at all. Sometimes when the boy couldn't run and play The two would sit inside on the boy's bed. That was fine with the dog, as long as he was with the boy. Sometimes the boy felt so sick his parents took him away. When the boy came home he smelled like medicine. The dog didn't mind it at all. He only wanted the boy to get well. The dog would lie on the bed and look at the boy sleeping peacefully. The boy would pet the dog's soft cheek and falls asleep.

The boy went to the place that made him smell like medicine more often. The dog waited longer each time for the boy to return. Then, one day at the end of summer, the parents came home without the boy. The dog looked for the boy. He waited at the door for the longest time. After many hours the dog went to the boy's bedroom. The dog waited upon the bed for the boy. The dog waited all that day, and all night as well. The dog waited all day long the next day too. He even listened for the bus that brought the boy home from school. He waited and waited.

After a few days, the boy's father came to the boy's room. He sat on the bed with the dog and petted the dog's soft cheek. The boy's father told the dog that the boy may not be coming home. He explained that the boy was very sick now and the boy couldn't chase butterflies, or play fetch on summer days either. The dog understood and was very sad.

The dog wondered would the boy ever be coming home and who would know when he was hungry? Who would he wait for every day? He wondered who would fall asleep while petting his soft cheeks? The dog was so sad he thought about going to find the boy. The dog didn't know where he would start to look. One day the mother petted the dog's soft cheek. She told the father that the dog's heart might be broken. The dog didn't really understand. He would cry and he would sleep. He dreamt about chasing butterflies with the boy on summer days.

After many many months a curious thing happened. One day, the mother and father came home. On this day, they had come from the place that smelled like medicine. The dog became very excited. He looked for the boy. There was another smell with the parents besides medicine. It was a smell the dog remembered from long ago. It was the smell of the boy, but it was different. The dog kept looking for the boy. After a while the father came to the dog. The father was very happy and petted the dog's soft cheek. He told the dog that today was doubly special. He told the dog that he needed the dog to help with an important job. He took the dog to the boy's room. There was a crib in the boy's room now. The boy had slept in a crib when the dog first came to live with him. The dog was very excited but he went to the crib very slowly. He looked into the crib for the boy. There in the crib was a beautiful baby girl.

He sat at the foot of the crib and looked at the baby girl for hours. After a long time the baby girl woke up. She began to cry. The dog could tell she was hungry. The mother fed the baby girl and put her back into the crib. The dog watched the baby girl. The baby girl watched the dog. As the baby girl fell back to sleep, she petted the dog's soft cheek. The dog remembered the boy. There in the crib was a beautiful baby. The father explained that this was a baby girl. He and the mother said that they needed the dog to help them. They needed him to help like he had done with the boy. The dog wasn't sure that he could do that. He had loved the boy, but this was a baby girl. He sat at the foot of the crib and looked at the baby girl for hours. After a long time the baby girl woke up. She began to cry. The dog could tell she was hungry. The dog got the mother and she fed the baby girl. After the baby girl was fed her mother put her back into the crib. The dog watched the baby girl. The baby girl watched the dog. As the baby girl fell back to sleep, she petted the dog's soft cheek. The dog remembered the boy and wondered again when would he be coming back. Morning sun quickly came and a familiar voice from a distant awaken the dog. He knew he would see the boy again some day but didn't think it will be today! The boy is finally back home. He looked different and without hair just like his baby sister but the dog was happy to see him once more.

1 comment:

suZen said...

Was this really a "what if" or did it happen? Had me ready to tear up over this. Did you happen to read Edgar Sawtelle? Talk about boy/dog stories!
suZen