I was in Hawaii last week, don’t ask, it rained almost the whole time. It was still fun because we were there with fun friends. We all made the best of it. But part of me did wonder why I was spending so much money to be somewhere else when the weather was so much better back at home.
It used to be that the only part of traveling that I didn’t like was that I missed my doggy back home. I worried about her. Oh and guilt, I had much of that too, worry and guilt. Toward the end of those past trips, I got more and more anxious to get back home to make sure she was ok. I was always so happy to see that everything was fine when I got home. Although after greeting me joyfully, she would catch herself and move to ignoring me for several hours just to remind me how mad she was that we left her. I did mention the guilt, right? Those Beagles are clever.
I have to admit that trips have been much more enjoyable over the last several years since we haven’t had a furry friend back home to worry about. Even though our days back home outnumber those on the road, this has been my biggest hurdle to adopting another dog.
But on this trip, I had another yearning for home, even before it started raining. I missed my piano. Really, I had piano withdrawals. So I downloaded “Music Theory for Dummies” onto my iPad so I could still do something that felt like learning the piano. That made it worse. I just wanted to practice everything I was learning about building chords. To hear what some of the minor scales sounded like on the piano, I used Garage Band on my computer. Since I’ve been home, I’ve been practicing about three or four hours a day. It’s all I want to do.
So now I’m thinking that my passion for travel has been overtaken by my passion for piano. And if I’m not as hot on travel anymore, if I just want to be home with my piano, then maybe it’s ok to get a dog too.
I guess I'll have more time to reflect on which passions pull hardest when we spend a month in New York this summer. But in the meantime, a reader sent me this picture of his best friend. I know, who could resist that face, right? So yes, it is making me seriously consider his advice to just "get the puppy!"
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(Photo credit: Thanks to Kirk B. for the temptation!)