I’ve been able to push my walks up earlier, now matching up to (literally) the break of dawn. This provides a pretty display in the sky, cooler temperatures and the delight of watching the elementary school kids heading off to school (my previous time coincided with middle school…not nearly as interesting a group).
One other benefit from walking this early is there are more people out walking with their dogs. Mostly these are adults, ranging from homebodies to pre-work departure types. Occasionally, there is a younger person who has been tasked with the walking duties. Just such an occasion triggered the thought behind the post.
I make sure every person I come across gets a cheerful “good morning” from me as we pass. If there are dogs along, they get their own “good morning”, as well.
After greeting a teen and his dog, it occurred to me that he was probably “assigned” the job of walking the dog. Loosely holding the leash, he and the larger furry white dog (kind of a giant poodle-type, but rounder) strode with a lazy gait.
I considered the fact that the youngster may not have been emotionally invested in his proscribed duty and thus it came to me that it was more likely the dog was walking him than the other way around.
The parallel is intriguing. Like dogs, most people are kept on a leash (a short one, for kids). That is usually the only way you can get people to go where you want them to.
Just like with dogs, you don’t want the leash to be too tight, but it’s there more to protect the person from getting into trouble, possibly even danger. Often times, people tug at the leash or stubbornly stop moving and you are forced to exert more force to get them “back on track”.
Thinking about the world, you can “see” all the leashes that people hold. The bosses and their employees, the moms and dads and their kids, the husbands and wives. Just like with dogs, it’s so much easier when you’re in sync and there seems like there isn’t even a need for the leash at all.
Still, it just feels safer to keep that leash attached. There are some instances where it’s best for man and beast. Because, like I said, people are dogs, too.