Today is a Gift


“The flower that you hold in your hands was born today and already it is as old as you are.”  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwi


I don’t know where the summer went; the time passed so quickly. We leave soon for our annual Labor Day camping trip – a week on the ocean and river where the salmon run. It seems like summer arrived just yesterday and it’s gone in the blink of an eye – or the life of a flower.


โ€œYesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.โ€~ A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh


We paid our dues early this year. Having survived two straight weeks of 110 degrees in June, we have been treated to much milder temps all through August. The garden is showing its gratitude now.


And so are the pups. This is Lukey.


Handsome Shane.


Sweet blind boy Brutus.


And hug-a-boo Mickey.


With a light breeze blowing, our golden oldies were treated to a group play date in the large park. So many beautiful sugar faces.


Little beasties, meanwhile, were having their own party in the Butterfly Garden.


Ocean camping is heaven, but its hard to compete with this bliss.


“For there you have been and there you will long to return.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci

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I am a nascent gardener, rescuer, and photographer, chronicling the journey of the dogs at Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary near Sacramento, CA - and the Memorial Garden we have devoted to them.

20 thoughts on “Today is a Gift”

  1. So tender and loving! Have a super camping trip. So enjoyed being reminded of A.A. Milne, and tears of joy welled up seeing the golden oldie family with Jody. Thank you!

  2. Loved this post. Starts my day off with a smile and a happy heart. Your photography just amazes me and the sugar faces – as sweet as they can be.

  3. Beautiful photo’s, garden and the old Goldies are just killing me just killing me with their preciousness.
    One of them pictured reminds me of our first Golden Kelsey who was one of the first dogs in the country trained to search for lost dogs. I have included a link to her tribute page on our Gloden site. Bless you guys for what you are doing. I’m sure the garden is a very healing place.

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