This is the third in a row of religious-related subjects with appreciation going to Teresa, my long-time Omaha school chum who sends the best day brighteners. Don’t assume she is all that saintly, as some of the things she sends would curl your eyelashes. The unique thing about Teresa is she has a knack of sending stuff many of us never seen before, like the following.
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The Story of Adam and Eve’s Dog
Adam and Eve said, “Lord, when we were in the garden you walked with us every day. Now we do not see you anymore. We are lonesome here, and it is difficult for us to remember how much you love us.”
And God said, “I will create a companion for you that will be with you and who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will love me even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfish or childish or unlovable you may be, this new companion will accept you as you are and will love you as I do in spite of yourselves.”
And God created a new animal to be a companion for Adam and Eve. And it was a good animal and God was pleased. And the animal was pleased to be with Adam and Eve and wagged his tail.
And Adam said, “Lord, I have already named all the animals in the Kingdom, and I cannot think of a name for this new animal.”
And God said, “I have created this new animal to be a reflection of my love for you, his name will be a reflection of my own name and you will call him Dog!”
And Dog lived with Adam and Eve and was a companion to them and loved them. And they were comforted. And God was pleased. And Dog was content and wagged his tail.
After awhile it came to pass that an angel came to the Lord and said, “Lord, Adam and Eve have become filled with pride. They strut and preen like peacocks, and they believe they are worthy of adoration. Dog has indeed taught them that they are loved, but perhaps too well.”
And God said, “I will create for them a companion who will be with them and who will see them as they are. The companion will remind them of their limitations, so they will know that they are not always worthy of adoration.”
And God created Cat to be a companion to Adam and Eve. And Cat would not obey them. And when Adam and Eve gazed into Cat’s eyes, they were reminded that they were not supreme beings. And Adam and Eve learned humility. And they were greatly improved. And God was pleased. And Dog was happy.
And Cat? — wait for it — Cat didn’t give a rip one way or the other.
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Note to readers: Last week I mentioned dealing with a “bump in life’s road,” and several of you wrote of your concern. I am now waiting for results of an MRI and doctor diagnosis. The bump could be either a medical molehill or a mountain, and I promise to keep you informed.
Thought for the day: Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles; it takes away today’s peace.
Bobbie Lippman is a professional writer who lives in Seal Rock. She is the author of “Good Grief: A Collection of Stories As One Woman Journeys From Heartbreak To Healing Through Honesty and Humor” (Dancing Moon Press). The book (with all proceeds going to Rotary International) is available at JC Market in Newport and directly from Bobbie, who can be contacted at [email protected]