Tuesday, January 31, 2012

"Today's Hand"

I knew immediately!
I knew that I recognized the sound coming from the deepest part of my forest.
It was a familiar sound.
But the sound that I thought it to be, well, it just couldn't be.
Because you see,,,, it's still winter.
The sounds that I heard, were not winter sounds!
These familiar sounds were frogs,
and they were croaking so loud that the earth seemed to tremble!
I could not ignore their croaks!
I could not ignore them-
especially, because the frogs were calling my name.

And so into the forest I ran as fast as I could.
I ran down a twisted narrow trail.
I leaped over freezing cold streams.
I climbed over huge logs.
And, I trampled through big mud puddles.
Soon I found myself sitting on a big, fat, fallen log.

My eyes peered into the small clear stream, that snaked through the tall trees.
The stream looked so cold, and I knew it was!
The shadows of the giant trees stood silent behind my shoulder, as I sat shivering in the cold.
That was when my eyes caught a glimpse of the frogs,
clustered together in the cold stream.

I stood on all 4 paws as I watched the frogs splash and croak!
What fun they were having splashing and jumping on the rocks and pebbles of many colors!
And then I yelled louder than their croaking frog voices!
"What are you doing, my friends"? 'It's winter"!

All of a sudden,
the biggest frog of all jumped up beside me onto the moss covered log
and started to speak.
"We have something to tell you Tweedles."
"When we woke up this morning, we saw it was a new day."
"It does not matter if its winter or spring, summer or autumn."
"Each day we can have fun."
"We want to share this day with you!"
"So, let's go and make memories!"
"Let's take the hand of "today", and lets go play."
"Today's hand" is reaching for us!"

And so,,, I decided that the frogs, "today," and I, are going to enjoy this new day.
We are going to make memories!
We will go jumping through the forest together!
It does not matter what we do.
It does not matter if its raining or snowing, or sunny.
It's a new day!
Nitey Nite

ps I am wearing a woofie warmer that was made my auntie Melissy Life is art ... Art is Life -


Buddy said...

oh my goodness!!!!! That looked like a super special adventure!!!!

dw said...

Tweedles, each day is special and each day you have to take its hand and make the most of the day! Those are some pretty smart frogs and I'm glad they are helping you to pass the message along! It really doesn't matter what the season, we need to go out, explore, and enjoy all that we can! That woofie warmer looks fantastic on you, Tweedles! Nighty Nite!!

pugmama said...

wise words, tweedles, wise words.

and super chic neckwear, by the way.

Barbara said...

Oh Tweedles, you always know the right thing to say to make me feel better. Take today's hand. I love that,like I love you!

Ziggy Stardust said...

Tweedles, I love the way you think. You always see the good in things and that is what makes my pal Tweedles Tweed the bestest pal ever. I like your froggy friend too, he would fit nicely into the magic bubble.

licks and sniffs Sasha

Studio at the Farm said...

Tweedles, would you please tell your moms that they cracked me up!!! We have tiny tree frogs here, on the west coast of British Columbia, and they start singing about this time of year. In fact, I thought I heard one a few days ago. So when I saw the picture of you and the BIG frog, I laughed so hard! Thank you, Tweedles. XOXO

Molly the Airedale said...

You are so right, Tweedles, every day must be special and you have to make it the most fun day ever!
I love your woofie warmer. It looks beautiful on you.
And I also love your new blog background.

Love ya lots,

3 doxies said...

Dat is da BIGGEST frog I has evers seen...it do be biggers than you and me.
Froggie was right, it don't matters what time of year it is, you can always has fun...and wear a sweater.
Dis was a wonderful post my furiend!


Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I like your warmer, Tweedles. You are always so fashionable.

My boys like frogs.

Archie and Melissa said...

oh twee!

today's hand!
we feel it holding our hand and showing us the beauty of today's day!
each day we will reach out for it and be excited about where we will go!

we love how you told this beautiful story!
it has openend our eyes in a whole new way.
we love seeing the world through the eyes of tweedles!

missy & archie

Meredith LeBlanc said...

Oh Tweedles we just love your poems, they're beautiful just like you.

Meredith & Scarlet

Payton said...

Tweedles, your words are like gifts that you share with us every week. I always try to embrace the day and be thankful! And today is a great day because I get to visit with Gammy. I will tell her you said hi.

Chfnman said...

The talent on this place is scary!

Tweedles I love the forest almost as much as I do the ocean; so why am I in St. Louis with neither?

It takes a special focus to truly enjoy every day and it certainly looks like you have that gift along with your poetry talent!


♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Such a very smart pup you are, Tweedles. Carpe dime! Seixe the day - off we go to do just that!

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Two French Bulldogs said...

Beautiful Tweedles
Benny & Lily

The Thuglets said...

Tweedles that was beautiful. You look lovely in your winter warmer

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

Gracie and Bobbi said...

Happy February first Tweedles! Love your new friend!! And you are always beautiful!

White Dog Blog said...

What a special discovery in your deep woods and what a perfect reminder that time is a treasure! Your words are wise and beautiful.

P.S. thank you for sending get well bubbles to our sickie house, momma is still feeling pretty ragged and my sisters are both getting better thanks to their medicines.

Hank said...

Tweedles, thank you for the reminder. It's easy focus on the past or future, isn't it?

And you look pretty in your neck warmer!

xoxo -


Too Cute Pugs said...

We love this idea of "today's hand". It makes Mommy's eyes all leaky - but in a good way!

We will take today's hand and have fun and spread joy and love!

Thank you for inspiring us!
Pearl & Daisy

Chatty Crone said...

You my dear are the best dressed pug out there and the one that has the craziest adventures.
Love, sandie
PS You put up with a lot too. LOL

The Daily Pip said...

OH Tweedles, your froggie friend is very special and so right about taking the hand of today. What wonderful advice that we can all learn from ...

Your pal, Pip

Ellen said...

First of all Tweedles, you are the most photogenic doggie I've ever seen. I love your beautiful collar. You know, I couldn't agree with you more. Live each day to the furry fullest and enjoy your friends forever! Have a great day and Love to your froggy friend.

KB said...

I love your story... you told it so well with the frogs and the cold and their words. That's how K and I are trying to live - TODAY! But, it shouldn't take a life-threatening illness to teach us that lesson.

I love your story, and your photos. The frogs are almost as big as you!

Sweet dreams, Tweedles.

Tiffy said...

Oh Tweedles! I was on pins and needles reading your story. You painted a picture that made me feel like I was there with you in the forest talking to the frogs.

How wonderful that the frogs called to you and you answered. They are amazing animals, aren't they? And so smart are the frogs to recognize that each day is a gift to be treasured.

I cannot wait to read all about the memories you made with the frogs!


bbes tribe said...

Tweedles our friend! You are amazing and we always look forward to your poems. Today! Yes, very special and something you helped remind us to live each day and enjoy it. You have a special way with words. Your frog friend looks almost bid as you. He can be your bodyguard when you are out and about in the forest. Love you Tweedles!

fromsophiesview said...

I so understand you Tweedles...today is in front of us and we can make the most of it. Who cares what the weather is...it just adds to the excitement of what you are going to experience..it's like frosting on a cake...mmmmm!

Pugelicious said...

What a great adventure, love your fancy collar, I would have like to have met that frog :)

Soggibottom said...

Oh yo... I am on.... it took me ages to tell you :-) Tweedles your little froggy friend just luv's you, I can tell he has love in his eye's just for you. My mum said you have to be careful about kissing frogs, you get warts.......
Luvs Freya Rose Blossom X

Suka said...

hey Tweedles,

Super post! Mr. Frog is huge! And what a cool froggie to invite you along on his day of fun! He makes a lot of sense, each day is ripe for new beginnings and it is what we make it, not what someone tells us it is. Looks like you had a grand adventure, and I am furry happy you shared it.


p.s. Pawsome woofie warmer! :->

rottrover said...

What a pretty story, Tweedles... We really try to enjoy every day. You ony get so many...

-Bart and Ruby

Adien Crafts said...

Hi tweedles! Just ropping by for our smile from Tweedle Land :-) We have a pet toad you know, he lives under the compost bin in the garden, we call him Trevor. Have a lovely week, Dex and Lou xxx

Sharon Wagner said...

You always have the best adventures Tweedles. I heard some frogs in Costa Rica. And they come in a rainbow of colors. Pretty cool.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Beautiful post and photos.

Regards and best wishes

Oakley and Swisher said...

Aw we wish there were some forests around here for us to have adventures in. Looks like you had a good time with Kermit. At least for the day.

Lots of licks,
Oakley and Swisher

pee.s. Thank you for the juju bubble.

suzanneberry said...

hello my sweet girl!! what an adventure you had in the forest. i think the frogs are as confused as we are...where did winter go? i found a dandelion yesterday by the house!! your woofie warmer is gorgeous as are you and your new friend, the very big and very green frog is sooo cute. enjoy the forest sweet one and stay safe!! i love you!

Frank The Tank said...

Oh My Pugness Tweedles! I cant believe that the biggest frog of all jumped up beside you onto the moss covered log and started to speak to you! How Magical! What a wonderful adventure!! I love the frogs when they said "Let's take the hand of "today", and lets go play. Today's hand" is reaching for us!" it is so inspiring and such a wonderful attitude to life! The frogs have it right! I will from this day onward take todays hand and live it to the full, filled to the brim with adventures and will treasure them no matter how big or how small!
Thank you for this post Tweedles!
Love, Licks and Hugs with big tummy rubs from your friend Frank xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Kitty+Coco said...

Wow, that was a giant frog! I have never met one in the furs, but my pal Sal met one and ran like the dickens. I think it would be cool to be friends with one..so long as he let me play jump-frog with him. Have fun today Tweedles!