Goo’ boy, oh what a goo’ boy!
I read somewhere:Greet people like you would your dogs.
Can you just imagine what kind of a world this would be if we did greet each other this way? Dog owners and dog lovers right now are smiling. Think about it. Unadulterated, uninhibited, unconditional love.
I made a vow that I would greet my husband this way once a week. Hi Honey Love! How you doin’?! Come here, come here! Who does momma love?!
(Mind you, these are phrases I totally use to greet my two dogs — with a voice easily an octave higher than my speaking voice.) The first time I did this, my husband looked at me like I was crazy. (A look I am quite used to, by the way.) Since he is accustomed to me doing some bizarre experiment or behavior from time to time at home, he responded:And how is my little girl … did my girl have a good day?! Who’s your daddy?!
We just started cracking up. I explained what I was doing. I got the “you are so certifiable” look again. But I didn’t care. I could feel the tension drop from both our shoulders. He shook his head, but I knew this technique worked in bringing us closer.
I still do it, and every time, without fail, he starts smiling; we laugh; the day is better.
They say people who own pets live longer, happier lives. Dogs in particular have a way of wearing their hearts on, well, their wagging tail. Theirs is a love that is given without preconceived notions, without judgment, unqualified, unreserved, absolute, enthusiastic, a whole body response. The next time your partner comes home, greet them the way you would your dog. Welcome them the way your dog would. Shake your booty; jump up and down; heck, go ahead and lick them. Give your partner that love that dogs have perfected.
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