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Topic: Breathe (08/19/10)
TITLE: Breaths of Bliss
By Barbara Lynn Culler
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One day, we were motoring through hills and there were cow pastures on either side of the car. Oh, the aromas that surrounded me. I could not inhale deep enough to really experience it all before we were too far away to enjoy the pastoral bouquet.
Night time rides were even more sensory loaded! During the summer, the fragrance of the cooling earth melded with bushes bursting with chirping crickets. Oh man, what pleasure. What elation. When the weather was cooler, there was a musty odor and I’d take several quick breathes in attempt to determine the sources of the allusive scents. My nose quivered in anticipation of what I would inhale.
One memorable day, I experienced ecstasy. We were going through the drive-through to pick up dinner. I thought I would go crazy; I smelled meat and I wanted it now. I tried hard to leap through the window, but the kid was holding me down. My lungs felt like they would burst as I gulped in the perfume of hamburgers. My back end wiggled around so much, I felt I could take off like a helicopter.
The final time I experienced the joy of breathing in the wake of our vehicle, I was mildly injured and it put an end to my head sailing. I was having such a good time. My cocker ears flapped in the wind, as I breathed in an abundance of intoxicating fumes. My tongue could not hold back and I began lapping at the wind. Drool was flying back into my face but I did not care. Then it happened. Something flew into my eye and I yelped. My human seatbelt jerked me back into the car, closed the window, and wiped out my eyes.
My people no longer allowed me to travel in such liberty but that was okay. I could still poke my nose out a partially opened window and Breathe. In. Bliss.
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