atlas has friends everywhere. some of them have met him in person. some of them haven’t.
sometimes i wonder if people love atlas because of who he is, or if they love him because of how i write about him. i decided that it’s a little bit of both. of course atlas is wonderful – he’s atlas! but i also write about him in a way that lets other people get to know him.
i was thinking about this (while walking atlas, of course) when i realized something important.
dogs are experts at showing us who they are.
i don’t want to go swimming!
i ate that cat poop & it was delicious.
i don’t care if i’ve only walked five feet. i am hot & i am done walking & i want to lie down in the grass.
can i come? please?
i love you.
dogs always tell the truth about themselves – without apology or shame or hesitation.
i can think of so many times over the years when i didn’t tell the truth about myself.
i’d love to go out with you. but instead of meeting for drinks, i’d rather meet for coffee.
i agree with [those people you are currently ridiculing].
i like young adult fiction! in fact, i often prefer it to adult fiction.
i do want to come dancing this weekend. but i’ve never gone before – i wasn’t allowed to dance when i was growing up – so would you be willing to tell me what to wear & what to do?
i love you.
instead of telling the truth, i lied, or made excuses, or said nothing.
i was afraid that if i told the truth, i would be shamed or judged or rejected.
when i look back, i can see that it was just the opposite.
if i had told the truth, it would have deepened existing relationships, and it would have been easier for the right people to find me & love me.
yet another life lesson i could have learned from my dear wise atlas.