Walking Through Life Without a Word

Since Vern arrived a week ago, he has learned to climb steps, pee outside, and leave Bee alone when she is sleeping. He has spent quite a bit of time in the backyard buried in ivy or hanging out on the back deck. Only once, Vern jumped to the ground from the three foot porch. Thankfully, he landed on all four paws and walked off without any lingering effects.

Vern doesn’t say much. He really has no need to speak. To be honest, we have only heard his squealy voice when placed in his crate or if he is antagonizing Bee. At other times, his voice is silent.

Vern has a lot to teach us, particularly during these difficult times of being home bound with our family members. Instead of being quiet, I know that I have a tendency to want to be heard now more than ever. Since so many restrictions have been placed on my life, I want to have a voice in the few things that I do have control over.

Thankfully, I can find some guidance during these moments, even if it isn’t always what I want to hear. “Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.”(Proverbs 10:19 NLV)

I do find it interesting that God gave only humans the ability to speak. And with this talent, there is a responsibility. As hard as it is, I do believe if I can keep my mouth closed when I am most tempted to let my feelings known, my closest relationships will flourish and not falter.

Vern and Bee are able to communicate without speaking. They can show their feelings without uttering a word. In this last week, I have learned so much by observing them walk through life without using a single word.  

4 thoughts on “Walking Through Life Without a Word

  1. Love this Cora!! Little Vern is going to be a great teacher and inspiration for more stories! How appropriate that I saw this as I was ending my day, enjoying a few hours of silence before sleeping! Can’t wait to meet Vern!

    1. Vern has already taught us a lot. One is how to survive without much sleep. Also, don’t take little things too seriously. Sending you greetings from North Carolina..

  2. I love and can relate to this so much. My biggest challenge over the last few years has been to learn when not to speak. God has really changed me and I’m grateful. I love learning more and more about Vern. I’m sure he will have many important lessons to teach me going forward.

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