The Restful Bench

the restful bench 9.19.15

To rescue means to save from danger or distress. As a noun, it means the act of saving or of being saved from such situations.

For many years, my boss and friend, a veterinarian, operated an animal rescue, saving from danger and death countless puppies, kittens, cats, and dogs. Eventually, the intensity of the work began to take a toll upon her family life, so she closed the rescue.

Over the years, she garnered much support from the community, including a local Girl Scout troop. During the summer before the rescue closed, the troop presented us with a handsome brown wooden bench, decorated with hand painted paw prints, dog bones, the name of the rescue, and the troop’s number. The girls and the troop leader created a lovely spot for the bench, complete with flowers and several rescue-themed, homemade stepping stones. It was a wonderful place for visitors to enjoy, often spending some time there with a newly adopted dog.

After the rescue closed, Dr. K kindly gifted me the bench. My co-worker Katie helped me bring it home, the two of us easily stowing it into her great old green Ford truck, “Dino.”  We put it in my backyard, in front of the spot where a grand old maple had once stood. Until the weather got too cold, I often enjoyed sitting on the rescue bench, enjoying the yard’s transition from fall to winter. The bench overwintered outdoors, bearing up very well.

After the springtime breezeway renovation, I moved the bench inside. Being a wood slatted bench, it was a scosh uncomfortable, even for well-padded me. A comfortable bench pad, made with several colorful blankets and a squishy, homemade pillow transformed the rescue bench into the Restful Bench.

Here, I’ve enjoyed a summer of creativity, writing and reading, meditation, garden planning, and, most often, a restive enjoyment of simply being still, as my backyard nature plays out, and my dogs and cat play on.

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