Cleanliness is next to Godliness -- the Bible tells us so.
There are moments we become so serious from a religious aspect that we forget God is a loving God. He gives us humor in a day. All we need do is become open to it, and enjoy.
While browsing through a pet store last week, I noticed an unlimited array of dog shampoos on the rack. My eyes swallowed the words on the labels--something I normally research only at grocery stores.
One of the shampoos on the rack smelled exactly like Johnson's Baby Powder, with a hint of lavender. It had a tiny bottle of dog cologne with it. You know...one of those, "Buy the shampoo, get the cologne free."
When my daughter, Kim, was just a baby, I doused her in Johnson's Baby Powder. The more powder I sprinkled, the more Kim would giggle. The fresh fragrance and Kim's laughter were surely heaven sent. One whiff of this fresh and clean scented dog shampoo captured precious memories. Sold. Into the checkout line I hurled.
Later in the day I soaked the dogs in this best-smelling-shampoo-ever, towel-dried them, and then let them run with merriment. Brooke and Abby were as thrilled with the new fragrance as their mistress. No scent could surpass these two aromatized terriers--not even a poodle's updated fragrance evolving fresh out of Gay Paree.
Soon I was to learn that the dog shampoo created fresh scents throughout my condominium as well. The pizza delivery man stepped inside that evening. As I was signing the receipt, he said, "Ma'am, it sure does smell good in here."
Soon after, my neighbor came by for a cup of coffee. In conversation, she intercepted, "Beverly, you smell good." (It was the dogs that had the bath...not me.) I didn't comment except to say, "Thank you."
Finally, my neighbor's reason for complimenting me was revealed. Before turning in for the night I removed my contact lenses, noticing with a smile that the fresh dog shampoo fragrance had remained motionless on my hands.
Running a bit late the next morning I quickly hopped out of bed several minutes after the snooze alarm sounded. I grabbed a cup of hot coffee and soon headed for the shower. Quickly I applied my make-up, dressed, fed the dogs, put them outside, and then took a last look in my mirror while straightening my scarf.
While turning to leave, I suddenly remembered something that would improve my day. Yes, I grabbed the little bottle that says on it, "Cologne drops for pets." After dousing some drops behind my own ears, I grabbed my car keys and scurried into the traffic with the rest of the morning world.
Thankfully, I made it to work on time. While standing in the mailroom sorting my mail, one of my co-workers did likewise. Soon I hear those glorious words, "Ummm...Bev, you smell so good. What in the world are you wearing?"
I just smiled. That was the first time in a long time that I was caught speechless. But one thing is for certain...I love my new cologne. So does everybody else. Of course, this is a concealed matter just between Abby, Brooke, and me. So grin and bear it, Victoria. You're no longer the only one out there with a secret.
Thank you, God for this heavenly 'scent' and fun day.