While fetch is a popular game with most dogs, only one of my Bostons likes to play. The other two lounge lazily on the deck chairs while I throw the tennis ball for Lucy. She’ll play until her pads bleed if I let her. It is her passion. When my husband is home, she will take turns dropping the ball at his feet, then mine, as if she’s trying to include both of us in her favorite game. I guess we raised her right.
“Fetch”–Graphite and Watercolor
I am a firm believer in the theory that states that engaging in playtime is essential to retaining one’s youth. Dogs seem to know that instinctively. I love to watch as our Bostons invite each other to play with the introduction of a tennis ball, an enticing bark, or a full-blown play-bow. No one needs to remind them, or encourage them, to play.
As we age, ‘play’ becomes something for the young. There is not enough time. It’s too silly. There are more important things to do. I still find time, though. Whether I’m playfully painting in the impasto style, dressing up in costume for a Star Trek convention, or asking my husband “Wanna ride bikes?”—I make it a priority to do things that make me laugh, smile, and feel young. Life can be hectic and crazy, so we should all will take a cue from our dogs and remember to put a little ‘play’ in our day.
“Play Time”–Acrylic on Canvas–4 of 4 from the series “Time”
“Time”– Acrylic Series on Canvas