My friend Jill heard about this and offered to pick up my groceries from the local grocery store. I can get most of the things I need at night by visiting Wal*Mart when Bow is asleep, but the local grocery store closes at 5:00, and they have bananas and dog food that we rely on. So I was very happy to accept Jill's offer.
Today, all day long I worked on correcting the manuscript of Theodosia and the Pirates in preparation for ordering a proof. Bow did not like this, and he interrupted me many times, telling me it was not good that Lawrence had not come and that there was nothing interesting to do.
In the afternoon, it started snowing. Bow alerted me to this change in the weather, because I was so involved in what I was doing that I would not have noticed.
When Jill and her husband Steve arrived with the bananas and dog food and milk, Bow got very excited. He did not even display at them. He was ready to talk to Jill right away. I think that may be because she had been here on Wednesday and had spoken to him then. And even though he did not know Steve, he took to him very quickly.
Steve told us that he had put an extra gift for Bow in with the bananas: some chicken nuggets from the local restaurant. He was not sure whether Bow would like them, but if he didn't, then the dogs surely would.
Bow was very excited. As soon as Jill and Steve left, he told me he wanted to try the gift. He had had such a boring day up till then, that I agreed to go along with that request, even though it was neither a mealtime nor a snack time. I put the chicken nuggets on a plate for Bow.
Bow had to sniff them extra carefully before he decided they were safe to eat. But he certainly did like them.
Isn't it wonderful to have such thoughtful friends and neighbors? Not only did it help me that I got those groceries from the local store. The visit from Jill and Steve and their gift of chicken nuggets made Bow's day.