Guarding The Tower

Nellie has been guarding the Lego tower built by my granddaughter, Frannie, for three days now. One has to wonder what is going on in our cat’s mind. Will the tower fall eventually? Who knows? I certainly am walking gingerly around the house.

I have certainly seen more fascinating pictures, but this one tickles me for several reasons. First, it reminds me that my grandchildren came over the other night and how grateful I am to be close to my daughter, son-in-law, and three of my granddaughters. I never want to lose that feeling of gratitude for all my children and grandchildren. They are truly a blessing.

The picture also reminds me how much joy the simplest of things bring. We grew up stacking blocks or building houses with Lincoln Logs. Lego’s take the simple pleasure of stacking to a new level, but Frannie didn’t choose to build a Lego house or Lego car she drew pleasure from simply trying to go as high as she could by stacking every Lego we had at our house. Simple pleasures are often more wonderful than the complex.

Yes, I have no idea why Nellie is protecting Frannie’s tower. Maybe she is reminding me to “guard the tower.” To guard the simple pleasures in life, to stay close to the reminders of what’s important, and that life’s values have nothing to do with cost.

What do you think?


About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of the United States, is an author and lecturer. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, and A Game Of Inches, are published by Beaufort Books and are available online, in your local bookstore, or you can order autographed copies at When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps Won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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