I'm not a fair weather person, never have been. If I commit to something, I'm going to follow it through. And I freely admit I'm rather intolerant of people who don't have the same sense of commitment that I do. It's not as though I don't despise the rough times as much as anyone else, I do. It's just that I've learned to plow through it, albeit a bit passive aggressively. Atlhough 'a bit' is minimizing it, a lot.
I walk my dogs every afternoon, and neither snow nor rain nor heat nor darkness can stop me. Although pelting hail will. And if it's more than a drizzly rain, I can't manage two dogs on two leashes with two pendulous bags of poop while holding an umbrella over my head. So ok, I admit, there are some limits. But for the most part, I'm out there every afternoon with my dogs Bonnie and Clyde, who together outweigh me by about 40 pounds. And they're not very leash trained. Although I'm trained to curse every time I see a walker, biker, runner, other dogs, the UPS truck, bunnies, squirrels or deer. Because these are the things set them off. Clyde being the most prone to misbehave, lunge and chase.
They love our walks in the winter most, especially when it's snowing. Bonnie shovels the snow up into a pile with her snout before eating it. And Clyde likes to walk slowly, I would say because he enjoys the brisk weather, but it's actually because he's lazy. All year round. Then there's me, layered in a jacket with a hat, gloves and boots with snot dripping out of my nose like a faucet, freezing my ass off. And even though there's still wildlife and the garbage truck to contend with, which may result in me being pulled off the icy sidewalk into the road in chase, it's still better than when the weather is beautiful outside.
Because, when the weather is sunny and gorgeous, everyone is out. Riding bikes, running, walking dogs and babies, not to mention the crazy lady who walks all over the west side of town talking to herself. And I get so, so pissed off and go into a passive aggressive diatribe in my head or under my breath. Depending.
"Oh yeah? You're walking your dog today in the sunshine, Sunshine? I have never seen you before in my life and I walk this same route everyday. So where were you yesterday when it was overcast and chilly? You were in your cozy armchair with a cup of tea and a scone reading a book wearing your cheetah print snuggy weren't you? WEREN'T YOU? Guess where I was? I was right here walking my dogs who happened to see a herd of stubborn deer who refused to move in a standoff that lasted for 5 minutes while Clyde barked and pulled me across someone's yard. This is right before they came upon a bunny carcass on the side of the road that Bonnie picked up, began eating and attempted to bring home while I screamed like a little girl. I don't even know what possessed the Jehovah's Witness to try to give me a pamphlet. I mean, sweet Jesus, my hands were full with two Safeway bags brimming with poop and I was double dutch jump roping two dog leashes. And really? Clyde barks at everyone! Why, for the love of god, didn't he bark and chase her off? WHY I ASK YOU???"
So yeah, if you're a fair weather person, I WILL judge you! And I just realized I may be the crazy lady on the west side of town who talks to herself...