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SAD BUT BEAUTIFUL

Posted on April 11, 2012 by
Tommie
on the road at
Hermannsburg

 

Woof

Thank you for the dogs and people who sent emails last week. It was good to feel part of the pack again. 

Anyway Dad and I are in Hermannsburg after a great drive up here. We are running a trip with a family. They were really happy when they found I was in the Toyota. They love me. Especially the 7 year old who is the youngest but they are all great people. When the car started I jumped on her mum's lap and they all laughed.

They have gone off to Palm Valley today with 5 aboriginal children. Delicia, Gavin, April, Semra and Shona. I can't go because it's a National Park and I am a dog. So I am staying here in the old community.

On my last Dogblog I talked about being in a St. Stephens Church Cemetery where dad and I walk. Something happened there and I needed time to understand it. We were doing a tour with the Minister's wife to hear about all the people buried there. As usual everyone in the group loved me and laughed when I did things things like scratch on the ground or sniff the teacher's foot. It's really easy to please humans.

But one woman was especially nice to me. Every time I walked past she bent down and ran her hands through my hair. What was different was that her hands were where most people's elbows are. Dad said later it was probably Thalidimide or something.

Even though her hands were short she rubbed behind my ears and whispered soft little things like "you are such a good boy" and "you are such a beautiful boy."

I think she would have been happy to just stay with me and rub her short hands through my hair. The thing was it was sad because her arms were very short but beautiful because she knew it didn't matter to me.

Anyway, I learnt that some things can be sad and beautiful at the same time.

It is like that here at Hermannsburg too. The old church is beautiful but you think of the people who were here before it was built. They were here for thousands of years and then they had to stay close to the church so they wouldn't be killed from guns or because there was no food or water.

I am learning more about things as I travel.

woof woof

Tommie xx

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Sinbad
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Hey Tommie, Mum tells me she's been to Hermannsburg too, and that she felt exactly like you describe. The lady with the short arms sounds so nice. I know what you mean about stuff like that not mattering, I don't mind Mum being old and grey at all. Oh, by at the way about the name - I always thought I was named after the famous sailor but turns out that it's because Mum sinned bad spending so much money to get me. I don't know whether I like that or not. Anywho, cheers for now, Sinbad.
Tommie
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Woof Sinbad ... Great name no matter what. I think I prefer the sailor story. To me you are Sinbad the Sailor. woof Tommie
Honour
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Hi Tommie, There were some great shots of you on your dad's blog taken when you were at Hay. Lookin' good Tommie. Did you get to hang out with Ray's little doggie? I'm sure that the lovely lady who gave you lots of pats knew that you saw for who she was, and that would have mattered to her - a lot!
Tommie
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Hi Honour. I wondered if anyone would notice that little shit. He did nothing but bark at me the whole time. Talk about small dog syndrome. Woof Tommie
Honour
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Yeah, the little shit looks like he's got you in his sights!
Tommie
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woof woof