Friday, 15 May 2015

Why I envy Jimmy!

Jimmy is our 17-year old Pomeranian dog. He is extremely old and has lost much of his vigour. Poor chap has hardly any teeth left, almost deaf and on the verge of blindness! But then why do I envy him?

1. If there is one thing Jimmy loves more than my dad then it is his chicken. He simply loves it. And it doesn't matter whether he cant chew any anymore he will swallow it after one or two lame attempts to bite. But he must have his chicken or guy goes for hunger strike. And of course there are his desserts. Our dog has bit of a sweet tooth. I keep telling he is bound to have diabetes after eating so much sweets! But then you see there lies the difference. We worry too much about our health. When was the last time you went on guilt-free eating spree of your favorite food? I don't know if its good or bad that we are so health conscious, but when I see him eat his food so happily I envy.

2. Jimmy gets away with mistakes by simply giving "puppy eyes". I am telling you, that dog is smarter than we give him credit for. He knows exactly how to melt your heart and pull the right strings. He knows when he has broken that vase accidentally for which he will get scolded. But just when you raise your voice, Voila! that look again and before you know it you are all cuddly with culprit. Sigh...if only I could get away like that.

3. Jimmy gets to bark at our gardener whom he absolutely dislikes. Now am not suggesting that I want to bark! But he gets to be brutally honest with everyone. There are no greys in his life, things are a lot simple. If he doesn't like someone, he barks on their face and if he likes a person he will cheerfully play around and show his affection. And if someone doesn't interest him, he blankly ignores and goes to sleep. Alas! our world is bit more complex than that. We are often left with no choice but to entertain whom we find most annoying.

4. I worry about the present state of our economy. About current health hazards, earthquakes, accidents, security.. Oh there are countless things we all worry about. And more often it is the future that we worry about. But not Jimmy. Dog unlike man lives in present. Jimmy doesn't care if it's going to rain  and he won't be able to go for his walk. No. He lives for the day. If only I could be that carefree.

5. And finally, I envy his capacity to love. For 17 years he has loved his master. But even now he unabashedly shows his affection. The way he keeps his eyes fixed on door whenever dad is away. Those eyes have nothing but unconditional love. How is it that even after all these years he doesn't find it unnecessary to jump around when dad comes backs, even if it is only from grocery store! It makes me feel ashamed of myself about how we take things for granted. I am fluent in 3 languages then why is it that this dog who cannot talk, be able to communicate and express his love better than I do? Why is that I never call the people I dearly care for and say that I care for them? Why don't I tell my parents that I love them? Why is it so difficult for us to communicate when Jimmy does it so effortlessly every single day of his life..

That's why I envy Jimmy.

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