Lady And Her Dog

by Anne Engelen

Old lady smiling

Walking her dog street crossing

Perfecting this day


Author's Note: While driving my car this morning I saw this old lady and her dog in the distance start to cross the street. They were barely moving because the dog was even older than the lady. I stopped my car and waited on them, it took them almost 3 minutes to get to the other side. I wasn't in a hurry, so smiled and waited. This lady turned to me and whispered thank you. Her eyes were the shiniest ones I've ever seen and full with gratitude. This is a perfect day today!!!

Posted on 04/27/2004
Copyright © 2021 Anne Engelen

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Maureen Glaude on 04/27/04 at 11:37 AM

so sweet. reminds me of my mom-in-law and her dog, it's so moving. But hers gets scolded for talking when she talks, it's so cute, and when she answers the phone, he barks and barks as if it's for him. Dogs and the elderly, so sweet! Lovely poem.

Posted by Rula Shin on 04/27/04 at 02:36 PM

To me this is such a lovely reminder of how radiant and civil human beings can be despite all the ugliness...and you, Anne, are beautiful for allowing this experience to touch your day in such a positive way, because it seems to me that some people don't stop at all...or rather, they seem to function at a hurried and distracted pace, most of the time too busy to remember what happiness truly means to them...it's too bad that they are blind to life's many little treasures. You have what should be an enviable perspective on life...this train of thought leads me to Dan Kasten's "A Thirty at 40" - it's so important (and you set the example through the subject of your inspiration alone), to be able to look around and reflect on our INTENDING SELF...the value of one's daily actions should be a reflection of this "intending self"...wonderful piece Anne (sorry my comment is so long hehe) :-)

Posted by Ashok Sharda on 04/27/04 at 03:00 PM

Well, it seems, Rula spoke for me too. This is, what I believe is, a living example of social consciousness. Not just in words, in ACTION. And I know the amount of happiness, the amount of beauty you must have derived and transmitted. Well, I am touched by this happiness and beauty.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 04/27/04 at 04:57 PM

Neat poem and even neater story behind it!

Posted by David R Spellman on 04/27/04 at 06:14 PM

A great moment well-captured and an uplifting story.

Posted by Quinlan L Gibson on 04/27/04 at 10:18 PM

Beautiful thought, beautiful piece. This makes all who read it smile :)

Posted by Charles J Hannan on 04/28/04 at 05:10 AM

I love days like this sweetie...and your little poem has made mine as well...MUAHS!!

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 04/28/04 at 05:52 AM

Short and sweet Annie....Charlie

Posted by Michele Schottelkorb on 04/29/04 at 01:28 AM

beautiful image... this is a moment that would make the harshest critic smile... blessings...

Posted by Richard Trotter on 05/01/04 at 09:12 PM

a heartwarming poem

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 05/03/04 at 11:26 AM

Anne, there is no denying you have a great big heart, but you would have been car horned to scorn, were you a Manhattanite.

Posted by Glenn Currier on 05/04/04 at 01:02 AM

Priceless moment. Your pause on the road and on these pages extended the perfection to me... 6 days later. Thanks Anne.

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