Wednesday, 4 September 2019
Give that boy an A+
Oh how Zion and I enjoy our early morning walks at Sarasota's Bayfront Park.
It's a good walk in and of itself, but our pleasure is increased as we meet and greet other walkers and dogs - the regulars.
Zion is always happy when he sees Susan and her dog Chris, Zion who sits with what I call "expectant poise" as Susan give him his two morning treats.
Today (4th Sep 2019) was an exceptionally good day as we enjoyed a gentle and warm breeze coming off the bay.
We met a couple of children - clearly a sister and her brother - aged maybe 14 and 12. They'd cycled to the park on the way to school, and were resting quietly on a bench when Z pulled me towards them - to their obvious pleasure.
The boy asked "what is your dog's name". "Zion" I said. The boy responded "just like in the bible".
I immediately gave him an A+, telling him that most people think that the name originated in Zion's National Park (Utah), but that he know that it was much older.
Then I noticed that the lad had a bible. I guess that these children were having what evangelical Christians call a "quiet time", a space for gentle prayer and a bit of bible reading early in the morning.
What a wonderful way for these children to start the day. A bike ride at Bayfront Park, a time of quiet, then back on the bikes to go to school; in this case Sarasota Military Prep (a "Charter" Middle School).
They had a bonus this morning - a few minutes of canine affection from Mr. Z.