Happy Birthday, Dear! I've brought you a....


I left work early yesterday to get home and make Rob's favorite birthday meal, Swiss Steak and mash potatoes.  I use the recipe from the 70's.  His mother loves it, but doesn't remember making it for them when Rob was a kid.  Rob hovers over the stove when I make it, watching it in anticipation.  Afraid Mable's going to miss a bear and the bear's going to get his dinner. 

Anyway, I was going to vote on the way home too, and then the phone rang.  Sydney missed the bus.  Can you pick her up?

Sure, but she's going to have to wait til after I vote. 

Then I got the second call from a weeping teenage girl...there was this dog and it was loose and it was running in the street and it was going to get run over and it's really old and really docile.  What do I do?

I told her we would talk about it when I got there.  After I vote. 

Then the phone rang again.  Rob.  What do we do? 

I don't know and I'm not going to think about it til after I vote. 

I picked up Sydney.  And, this is a really old dog.  But he's cute and really docile in her arms.  We stop at a veterinarian's office across the street from the school.  The dog has a chip, but he's not one of their patients.  So, we call the chip service.  The chip information has never been entered so they can't help.

So, home comes the dog.  Because the animal shelter is across town and in 5 o'clock traffic, it would have taken at least an hour and a half.  And, honestly, this was easier. It was a choice between the shelter and the swiss steak.  And, the swiss steak won. 

Sydney is still weeping.  Rob is a little freaked at this interruption of his special day.  And, I just wanna cook some Swiss Steak.  So, put the dog in the crate and put the crate in the garage so our dogs will settle down.  Give it some water and go do your homework.  And, for God's sake, stop weeping!  That put the focus back on Rob and we had a cocktail and a nice long chat and proceeded with the birthday. 

I got dinner to the point it could take care of itself and I just needed to watch for pots boiling over and pulled out the laptop.  I found out how you're supposed to report a found dog, did that, the city called and matched the chip number to a phone number they had on file, called the number and made a young man very excited that his dog was alright, and put dinner on the table...on time.

Cause I can.

After dinner, Syd and I met Romeo's daddy in a parking lot where they got all kissy faced with one another and the grateful but awkward young man thanked us profusely before we drove home.  We were both smiling. 

Life is all about balance.  Balancing what I need and what my family needs and giving back to the Universe for the good life I live.  Friends, family, work.  Balance. 

Y'all have a great Friday.  We still have no Prom shoes.  Maybe I won't thaw anything for dinner and we will have to eat out...and I'll pick a place near DSW.  Balance.



Donna T said...

I'm sure this was really stressful on you but reading it was like reading a comedy of errors! So glad you raised a daughter who cares enough to look after an old, stray dog and that you took the time to go through several steps to find the thankful owner!!! Many people would have left the dog especially since you had so much going on that day! You have a wonderful family! Blessings to you and hope Rob had a wonderful birthday!

lw said...

I'm so proud that you raised Sydney to care about loose dogs. She gave Rob a happy ending for his birthday, to go with his yummy Swiss steak!

Becky said...

One thing's for sure...Rob can't say his special day wasn't exciting!!! hahaha

Anonymous said...

I love the fact that the dog was called Romeo! Ha Ha Great story. This will be a birthday to remember!

Anonymous said...

Sweet story with a happy ending. Now you made me hungry for homemade swiss steak. Thanks for sharing. Happy birthday Rob.

Kath said...

A birthday to remember! I'm glad Rob got his special dinner. I am so like Syd, I would have rescued that elderly dog and cried buckets too.

Carla said...

What a way to end the day! wow. But it ended with hugs, kisses and smiles. And y'all were the hero's. sydney saved the dog, You made Rob's favorite dinner, You found a a way to re-unite furless Dad to furry child. All is well with the world. Okay so no shoes. It will happen.
Good Job