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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Breathe (08/19/10)

TITLE: Breaths of Bliss
By Barbara Lynn Culler


Simple pleasures: car rides, kisses, candy and kids. But particularly, car rides. I loved going on car rides, especially when the window was wide open. Ahhh. The wind in my face; pure rapture. The faster wed go the greater emotional high Id experience. I could not breathe in fast enough to discern the multitude of scents whirling past me.

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 Id 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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AnneRene' Capp08/27/10
Okay...you totally got me with this! Not only am I a critter lover, I had a Cocker Spaniel. This was such an enjoyably fun read with humor abounding. I was wondering about the cow pastures because, man...that manure is an odor I can live without, but my Cocker, loved it! :) Lastly...you have a great talent for descriptions...keep up the good work!
Verna Mull 08/27/10
When you told about the pastures, I was sure you were writing about a dog. Nothing but a dog could possibly get that much joy out of deep breathing by a pasture! Good job.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/27/10
You really managed to get inside of the dog's head and you took me there too.
Amanda Brogan08/30/10
I wasn't sure you were talking about a dog until I came to the drive-through part. I thought it was a bit funny that a human would like the smell of cow pastures! ;)

This was cute and would have gone well with the "smell" topic too.
Cheryl Harrison08/30/10
This is so cute! I figured out it was a dog when you wrote about the meat part.

You might check the spelling on "pastoral". I may be wrong, but I think you meant to use the word, "pastural"?

This was a fun read. Thanks!
Virgil Youngblood 08/31/10
Cocker's and ears flopping in the wind -- I had one. Thanks for stirring awake some good memories.
Verna Cole Mitchell 08/31/10
Delightful story. I enjoyed the ride very much with your four-legged friend.
Carol Penhorwood 08/31/10
Wonderful descriptive phrases. I felt I was along for the ride of my life!
Terri Schroeder08/31/10
Wonderful perspective from a dog's view!
Amanda Brogan09/02/10
Yay Barbara! Congrats on your Highly Commended piece!
Edmond Ng 09/02/10
An interesting read!
Nancy Sullivan 09/02/10
Congratulations, Barb. What a fun tale (or is it "tail"?) Anyway, great job.