Oh, how she loved the wind blowing through her hair. Fresh, clean air brought lovely scents her way. How nice it was to get out of the house and into the sun. The day was warm, not too hot and not a bit cold. Just right.
They were going so fast, faster than ever before. She loved the new car. Loved how comfy the seats were. Loved how the top came off to let the air and sunshine in. Loved how they could spend time together as a family.
Everyone around them was so slow. Those going the opposite way barely registered, little more than blurs in her eyes. She wondered why most of them were all locked up inside instead of enjoying the sun like she was. She didn’t worry too long, though. The day was too nice to do anything but enjoy herself.
They took the long way around the lake, slowing down a little as they went around the curves. That was okay because the curves made her body sway back and forth. Curves were just as fun as going fast.
The trees thickened on one side, blocking the sun for a little while. That was okay too, because it made it easier to seen the water. There were people running along the shore, playing in the sand, and swimming in the water. A flock of geese landed on the water in the middle of the lake.
The lake faded behind them and so did the curves. The sun was starting to drift low in the sky, and her tummy rumbled a little. They went straight and fast for a while, the wind a little cooler through her hair.
She started recognizing the area, they were getting close to home. Home meant dinner, which was a fine thing. How could she be disappointed when she’d get to eat some good food soon?
They turned down the last tree-lined street toward home. People smiled and waved as they passed, and she called out to them all with a happy smile and bright eyes. She saw her best friend Tillie walking down the sidewalk, and hollered at the top of her lungs. Tillie turned her head to look, and hollered back when she saw who called her. They needed to get together soon and have some fun.
The family pulled into the driveway and rolled to a stop. Coming home always made her happy. There was so much love at home.
She sat in her seat for a little bit looking at the house, looking at her family. She was filled with love for them all. One of them made a kissing sound to get her attention.
“C’mon, Fluffy,” they clapped their hands, “let’s get you some dinner.”
Fluffy bounded from the car wagging her tail in delight. She raced across the grass toward the front door.
Zooming was fun, but she was glad to be home.
Author’s Note: This was written in response to seeing a dog hanging it head out the window of a pickup truck as it went down my street. I was working in the yard and had lots of time to think. “I wonder what’s going through that dog’s head,” I mused, then started writing this story in my head as I pulled weeds and crabgrass.