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Stop & Think

Katie doesn’t have any experience with this topic—that’s why she’s opening up to all of you in hopes of learning more!


Let’s start with a story. I don’t believe I’ve told anyone this story. It was scary and unbelievable.

The day we moved to Virginia, we were tired, scatter-brained, and excited. We were moving in boxes and furniture and letting our dogs explore the property a little bit. We have a gate on the driveway but didn’t notice there was a small opening next to the gate before the fence started—just enough space for a nosy German Shepard to squeeze through. I grabbed a box from the truck and as I turned around I saw Hurley, our dog, standing in the middle of the road with a car stopped about 2 feet from him. I screamed and ran. So many thoughts went through my head in a split second. How did I not hear the car? Did they slam on their brakes? How did Hurley even get out? As I got closer, I saw the driver was an elderly man taking a picture. Hurley met me at the end of the driveway and I was able to see what had happened. This man had stopped his vehicle in front of our house (we live in the country and it’s very common for folks to stop and talk to the neighbors) and had his phone out taking a picture of the mountainous view. After I was able to calm myself down from the situation, I remembered something. When I first saw Hurley in the road, he was facing towards the view, too.

This experience was obviously terrifying, but also kind of bizarre and beautiful. That man stopped to take in a moment of beauty. Hurley, being the curious guy that he is, thought he might get to make a new human friend but got stopped by the view himself.

I know this may sound flippant and trust me, that fence was fixed immediately, but I trust Hurley. He is not the type to go out in the road unless it’s ok. Now, the elderly mans windows were up and I don’t think he knew what was going on so of course it could have ended terribly. And I don’t even want to think about that.

Instead, I think of it as a moment of perspective. What I saw was my biggest nightmare. What they saw was breathtaking.

This was probably an extreme example and again, please know that nothing like that has happened since. But I think about that moment a lot. Every time I look at our view, a part of me always remembers the innocence of that man stopping just to take it in. I have always loved the mountains but now, I’m utterly humbled by them. Their beauty saved my dogs life. When I look at view I stop, think, reflect, and express my gratitude that there is something bigger than us, taking care of us, and protecting us.

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