I needed a refill on my glass of water and as I was stepping out of the family room, Buddy lifted his head and looked over his shoulder at me. “I’ll be right back,” I told him and he immediately resumed his comfortable position in front of his fan.
I do that whenever I leave the room, I tell him I’ll be right back so that he doesn’t come looking for me. It’s a promise and he knows I will keep it. As I was walking down the hallway toward the kitchen, memories of that phrase flooded my heart and made my eyes leak just a little. I used to say that to Annie. Whenever I’d step away, I’d tell her, “I’ll be right back,” and she’d lay her head back down and patiently wait for me. She was so good about it. Mind you, I would only tell her that if I was indeed going to be right back. If I wasn’t, I’d leave the room and she would follow me. Ruger never really got it. I’d tell him I’d be right back and he’d follow me anyway. Mumford didn’t care, nor did Jazz or Duchess, really. The excess caffeine in Oliver’s system overrode his good intentions and he bounced around no matter what you told him. He meant well, he really did.
Little phrases often mean more than the words from which they are formed. They can bring a smile, a sigh or a tear and if you’re not on the inside track, they don’t mean anything at all to you. We have an expression around our place, “Dumb stuff that don’t mean nothin’ to nobody but me.” You might hear the phrase or even use it yourself but you couldn’t possibly know what it means to me. I’m sure you have your own dumb stuff that doesn’t mean nothin’ to nobody but you. Am I right? Other things that don’t mean nothin’ to nobody but me, I get misty whenever I make mashed potatoes or when I eat Cheetos. One day I might tell you those stories.
So yeah, a short stroll for a glass of water today brought a wave of memories, good and sad. Memories of the many days when I’d tell Annie, “I’ll be right back,” and the loving look on her face when I returned. Memories of Ruger really trying to stay put but following after me anyway, which would always bring a smile to my face. Those loved ones are gone now but they will never be forgotten. Love is eternal.
After I returned with my water, I gave Buddy some well-deserved lovin’s and when I sat down, I remembered someone else who said: “I’ll be right back.”
John 14:2-3 and Acts 1:11