Ramblings From The Ranch
By Herb White
Many are familiar with lyrics from the Cheers theme song “sometime you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came”. It’s just natural (I almost said human nature) to wish to be among those that know and care about us. But, I believe that all living things share similar feelings to some extent.
I sense it whenever I arrive at The Ranch, where I know I will find seventy-five or so good friends that I’m glad to see. And, if wagging tails and plaintive barks are any indication, they are happy to see me as well. I know bringing a bag of tasty treats along makes me a more likable guy. It’s like buying a round for the bar. You’re everyone’s pal.
I suspect and hope it’s more than the tasty surprises that create the feelings of friendship and inclusion. On my weekly sojourns, eight or ten of my buddies and I go for 15-20 minute promenades around the property. Back-scratching, belly-rubbing and face-licking assure me that we are sharing something special and reveal the truth that contentment abides in the moment.
There are other lessons and insights I receive from my companions about what friendship and life entails (pun intended). I can’t help but find inspiration from Oreo, who is totally blind, yet leads me on our sojourns. Or Buster, my three-legged pal, that folks thought was a bit crazy. Turns out he was just loco for love.
Why not experience these simple pleasures for yourself? We all have free time, no matter how busy we tell ourselves we are. The guys and gals are always available, unlike some “friends” we’ve all known. You don’t have to call, email or set up a meeting. Just show up.