Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Along for the ride...

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this, but hubby and I have the greatest dog in the world. He’s sweet and smooshy and fluffy. And, he’s spectacularly well-behaved. No thanks to us, I might add. We got him when he was 10 months old. He had been a show dog, but had grown ¼ inch too tall for the breed standard, so the breeder had to get rid of him. But, since she had trained him as a show dog, he was well socialized and behaved, really good with kids, etc. So, we really hit the jackpot. In fact, since we got him in October, we’ve just been afraid we’re going to screw him up somehow.

So, in an effort to not screw him up and to keep him happy, hubby and I got rollerblades on Sunday. (Oh, yes, she’s going somewhere with this…) Here was our thinking: our 2 mile walks each day wasn’t entirely wearing our dog out. And, a tired dog is a happy, well-behaved dog. So, what if we were on wheels. Then the dog would have to run to keep up with us on our walk. Surely THAT would wear him out.

And it does. But, here’s what we didn’t anticipate: hubby on wheels. Oh, it ain’t pretty. There’s flailing. And screeching. And a lot of running into parked cars.

And, as it turns out it’s a bit more difficult to rollerblade with a doggie in tow. He’s pretty good and just runs along side of us, but he’s a dog. So, as he’s running alongside of us, sometimes he strays out into the middle of the road. (And we have a retractable leash, which allows him to go pretty far out into the middle of the road.) Then, every now and then, when we’re rolling down the middle of the street and a car comes (which, in our neighborhood, is actually not that often), hubby and the dog cruise over to the side of the street to get out of the way. Except that they cruise over to opposite sides of the street. So that if a car did drive by before we pulled doggie--or hubby--onto the right side of the street, it would catch the leash and drag poor little doggie.

What can I say, we’re not that bright.

But it turns out that all of these little ups and downs makes rollerblading quite fun. It kind of makes you feel like a kid. You actually voluntarily climb up the hills just so you can pick up tons of speed on the way down. And, I find that I actually look forward to the ever so slight feeling of being out of control and of scrambling and having something really mindless and silly to focus on.

It's kind of made me think of one of my favorite scenes from the movie Parenthood. Gil (Steve Martin) is having a rough time of it all--life is complicated and messy, and he's complaining about it, and wondering how it's all going to work out. And, grandma walks in and says:

Grandma: You know, when I was nineteen, Grandpa took me on a roller coaster.
Gil: Oh?
Grandma: Up, down, up, down. Oh, what a ride!
Gil: What a great story.
Grandma: I always wanted to go again. You know, it was just so interesting to me that a ride could make me so frightened, so scared, so sick, so excited, and so thrilled all together! Some didn't like it. They went on the merry-go-round. That just goes around. Nothing. I like the roller coaster. You get more out of it.

So, on this 1dpiui, here's hoping that we all get past IF so that we can one day look back at the ups and downs as part of a wild and unique ride to parenthood.

And, speaking of the ups and downs, be sure to pop over and lend some support to LJ and the oneliner who've had (or are having) quite a couple of days with lots of ups and downs and need some love.

7 comments:

Tam said...

I'm praying that the rollercoaster of IF is that last thing that you need to worry about at the end of this cycle...sounds like you're having fun and that's really good. Good for the soul :) Here's to parenthood!!

Bumble said...

Oooh, good luck for this IUI cycle Stickybun!!! Hope its the last turn on your IF rollercoaster. Hope your 2ww is a breeze. x

Sarah said...

that's a nice way to start out the wait! hope you're off this particular rollercoaster very soon!

Erin said...

I have totally done that with my dog. Mine's not as well behaved as yours because it was downright SCARY!

Here's to a superfast 2ww with a happy ending!

-erin
TTC 3.5 yrs, currently 10dpIUI

Anns said...

Nice analogy, and so true. Keeping you in my thoughts this 2WW...best luck lady. Anns xo

Erin said...

Thanks for the kind words StickyBun! Have a great weekend and careful on those 'blades!

Erin

Belly Laughs said...

Hi -- New to your blog. Here's hoping this IUI works for you!! And I can relate to the turning 32 (did two weeks ago). I think 31 is a much better age.