Renovation and Renewal. It’s a 6.

The 40 something former triathlete sprinted down the stairs to the basement and the circuit box as if his life depended on it, a random thought running through his head “don’t think I’d be in such a hurry if it was only my life potentially at risk….but it isn’t only my life“. It was also the life of the one who gave him purpose, the one who gave him the drive and will to get up each day, the one who gave him a reason to be the best version of himself he could be.

Joseph grabbed the fire extinguisher sitting atop the old oak work bench on the far side of the basement and quickly returned to the circuit box; even before opening it he could hear the sound of sparking as the acrid stench of burn and smoke filled his nostrils. Flipping the breakers off, he inspected each of them individually, the certain unpleasant conversation he’d have later that day with his house inspector already playing out in his head, the ink on the settlement papers on this, his “new” old house, barely dry!

Heading back upstairs, potential fire disaster averted, the gravity of what might have happened had it not been for a 90 lb black Labrador Retriever nudging him awake at 3:00 am, came crashing down like a tidal wave. There, standing steadfast at the top of the stairs (obeying Joseph’s earlier command to stay) was his friend and savior; eyes shining with a love greater than he felt for any human, Joseph sat next to the canine and wrapped his arms around his companion burying his face in the mass of black fur.

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19 thoughts on “Renovation and Renewal. It’s a 6.

  1. UP December 5, 2019 / 9:25 am

    You never know. What a good six. Man’s best friend included. Love it.

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  2. GirlieOnTheEdge December 5, 2019 / 11:06 am

    You really don’t. Thanks, Paul.
    They are our best friends aren’t they. They always have our backs ☺


    • GirlieOnTheEdge December 5, 2019 / 7:13 pm

      Funny about the writing thing…there’s so much to it. Original idea finally convinced me it was too “big” for the Six.
      The ensuing story developed naturally. Along the way I became cognizant there needed to be contextual resolution of a described event w/”stages”, namely all what I imagine are the necessary components that make up a story. Or… What you said 😀


  3. Pat Brockett December 6, 2019 / 5:20 pm

    Boy, I had no idea that it was a dog that gave his life meaning and purpose, until that last paragraph, but dogs can certainly do all of that for their owners. Well done.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge December 7, 2019 / 6:04 am

      Good! I didn’t want to give it away too soon 🙂 They certainly can. Thank you, Pat.


  4. Lisa Tomey December 7, 2019 / 2:01 am

    Wow! Action packed and emotionally stirring. Canine love saves the day!

    Liked by 1 person

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