There are special moments in life that just stay with me. You know, those 'Kodak moments,' those times or favorite images that we know are coming during special events or even just the miracle of the 'everyday' or dailiness of our lives. For example, my favorite wedding photo is usually when the rice (or bird seed these days) is thrown at the newlyweds. I love when small babies make that sucking motion with their sweet baby lips when they are fast asleep. I love generational photos of little wise old great great grandmas with a knowing twinkle in their eyes holding the hands of their young granddaughters.
I'm just back from the Potomac Corgi Specialty Show. The very handsome CH. Happiharbor Saddlelane Ty went Best of Breed. The show was wonderful, as always. The Potomac club always does a great show. The judges all did a fantastic job. The Best of Breed ring was breathtaking. The moment when the judge says to the entire class, 'take them all around please' is one of those moments that sticks with me. To me, one of the prettiest sights is watching a lovely ring at a Specialty filled with Champion Corgis all go around together. It is in this moment that one can see the love and devotion to the breed shine through. The very best 'on the day' goes home with the coveted Best of Breed, but we all share in this win, really. For it is not the brilliant ruffled piece of taffeta ribbon part of the win that we share, but something much, much more. It is everything that we know goes into achieving this prize. It is all about love. And with that love comes a promise to protect and improve the breed for future generations. It is why we spend our days taking care of the insides and outsides of these wee beasties. Showering them with love and care. That's why we make the trek to these shows I think. Packing way too much 'stuff' into our vans and cars to attend these shows. It is a ton of work, but so very worth it.
So, we make the trek. Of course we all want to win, too! Specialty shows are a wonderful place to have breeder judges who have spent their lives devoted to the breed give us all a chance to perhaps make a little pawprint in our history for future generations to study and learn from.
I have yet to unpack my car. I have way more email in my inbox than when I left home on Wednesday for Gettysburg, PA. I still don't know who was voted off American Idol (don't tell me...I've got it on my DVR!) And speaking of 'Idols,' do yourself and your spirit a favor and watch this very short video clip of Britain's Got Talent. Even Simon Cowell was truly impressed by this Scottish 47 year old singer who just wanted a chance. Singing "I dreamed a dream" from Les Miserables, is Susan Boyle. Susan, I wouldn't change even one hair on your head. You are lovely. Turn up your speakers and be inspired, my friends. xo xo xo -CS ^..^
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