I am constant as the northern star,
Of whose true-fix’d and resting quality
There is no fellow in the firmament.
–Julius Caesar Act III, scene i
Take seven minutes (use all seven, but don’t go over), and write on the subject of loyalty or constancy. This is a timed exercise and it’s expected that it won’t be perfect. Any format – fiction, essay, verse – is acceptable.
They lie at my feet most nights, whether I’m watching tv, or writing, or reading. Whether I’m angry, frustrated, sad, or joyful. Whether its a fat day, skinny day, or bad hair day. Whether dinner was gourmet or from a can. They don’t care. They love me anyway.
They are my faithful companions. Two small dogs with less than 25 pounds of flesh between them, yet they would move mountains to please me.
Everything you’ve ever heard or read about the loyalty of animals is true. Once you create the bond, they will cleve to you with completely unstinted devotion.
So, how can we harness that loyalty among our human companions? What can we do to make our partners, our siblings, our friends, offer us that same abject devotion? Is it even possible?
Not until humans can lower their expectations. After all, what do Magic and Molly ask of me? Nothing more than two meals a day, a walk around the block, a few minutes of tossing the ball around, and an occasional belly rub or scratch behind the ears.
And they only want those same things every day. The expectations never change. They never get tired of walking around the same block. It’s always a great new adventure. They’re never bored with their food or their biscuits. It’s always a delecable treat. They’re never unfulfilled by their morning massage or nightly rubdowns – they’re always orgasmically satisfying.
Loyalty to them is born from constancy. The same routine love and affection, constantly, every single day.
That’s all it takes. A no-brainer.
If only the rest of the world were so easy.
for Cafe Writing, April Prompts