Wednesday, July 14, 2010

We're gonna need a bigger...

Do you remember the scene from Jaws when Martin Brody sees the great white shark for the first time? Do you remember what he says? He turns toward his shark hunter shipmate and says "We're gonna need a bigger boat". This week I uttered similar sentiments to my husband...but I wasn't talking about a boat.

Why is it that the woman in the Brooks Brother's catalog (the one that is holding a straw hat, resting in a lawn chair, with her golden retriever by her side) doesn't have an enormous scooper/rake combination in her other hand? Because I have to tell you, if that family in the catalog really owns that dog, and that clean and luscious green lawn that they are photographed on, there is someone that is walking around behind them with an enormous scooper.

Real life can be funny. Even when it's not funny while you are in the moment, if you are wise, you will allow yourself to find the humor in it after the moment has passed. Each afternoon while I comb through my backyard with my newly purchased scooper and rake, I'm not laughing. Usually I am actually quite irritated, complaining and barking even louder than the dog. Sometimes I even raise my head from it's downward posture to find my husband looking at me through the back windows laughing. And because I know him well, and because I know he is really laughing with me and not at me, I kind of start laughing too. Because it is kind of funny. It's kind of funny that when we bought Mr. Darcy, I only saw the Brooks Brothers picture as our future with him. I only saw the green lawn, the sunny afternoons, the straw hat, the linen suit that bears not one wrinkle, the bow tie around my husband's neck, and the three children standing in fine tailored, pressed clothing. That my friends, is pretty funny. In hind sight, it's actually hilarious, because the reality is the only thing I have in common with that woman in the catalog is the golden retriever....thank goodness.

Amy

19 comments:

Lauren said...

Thank you for this....We often get caught up in "THE GRASS IS GREENER".

Between You and Me said...

so true. we did this with our yorkie...we only thought of his cuteness. they are BEARS to potty train.

gonna try to laugh about it, too. thanks for the reminder.

Ruth H. said...

This made me laugh, because I can relate! After we got our dog, the whole family decided to take turns heading up the weekly Poop Patrol. It is so disgusting....but at least I only have to do it once every 5 weeks.

Now, after your comments about the Brooks Brothers Catalog, you just have to visit this blog: http://catalogliving.tumblr.com/ It is soooo funny!

Playing Sublimely said...

Ruth,
I did check it out and oh my goodness it will most certainly become one of my favorites! Thank you so much for mentioning!

Melissa said...

We have a golden also and I can relate!! But he's such a sweetie and has added so much that I think he's just a metaphor for life.... there's always a little "stuff" to deal with so you can enjoy the rest!

Jill said...

I love your banner...
Living and Loving to Please A King!
Looks like you have a blessed life and family:)
Thanks for stopping over to visit me.
Jill

Moxie Maley said...

Great post...I am smiling! I just found your blog and enjoy reading it. Thanks for sharing :)

Jemsmom said...

And that my friend is why I have a smaller dog! Smaller dog = smaller business!!! Ah the joys of our everyday life!

Rebekah said...

AHAHAHAHAHAHA! Me too, Amy, me too. *sigh*

Gwen Toliver said...

The ONLY job that I regularly pay my children for is picking up dog clumps. Ten cents per clump.

And I tell the kids if they want to make extra money they can always go outside and squeeze the dog. :)

Faith Imagined said...

Real life can be quite funny if we allow ourselves to laugh a little. I am learning to do this more and more each day!

This was a joy to read!

LLH Designs said...

Not sure how you found me, but I'm sure glad you did because now I can add your fabulous blog to my reading list. Isn't it neat how God connects the dots...even in blog land?!?! Just when I wonder why I'm blogging at all (my glory or His?), He connects me with people I never would have been blessed to know without the blog.

Have the BEST day doing what God made you to do!
Linsey

Richella said...

Funny, funny, funny. But so true.

Aren't you glad that your life is not spent lolling around in wrinkle-free linen?

Studio JRU said...

LOL Love it!! I can relate... we have a weimaraner... big dog! ;) It is wise to find the humor... thanks for this wonderful reminder today!

~Jennifer

Val said...

You made me laugh!!! I can so relate.

Andrew and Meagan said...

too funny and so, so true! i need to remember this each time i start thinking idyllically about adding a pet to our family...maybe in 10 years :)

Southern Gal said...

Maybe that's why my husband never wanted us to have a big dog. I'll have to go thank him now. And thank you for this funny post!

redefiningdecor.com said...

Great post. Someone once said to me that if aliens were to observe human behavior, they would certainly think that pets were the rulers of this planet since we follow them around cleaning up after them. Their cuteness makes it worth it though.

My Bright Corner said...

I grew up with Golden Retrievers and LOVE them. However, the one thing we absolutely do not miss around here is the mess they leave behind. It is so fun to walk outside barefoot!!

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