This is one of the neatest stories you will ever hear.
You will know precisely what this little girl
is talking about at the end
(you’ll want to share this one
with your loved ones and special friends)!
‘Danielle Keeps repeating it over and
over again. We’ve been back to
this animal shelter at least five times.
It has been weeks now since we started all of
this,’ the mother told the volunteer.
‘What is it she keeps asking for?’
the volunteer asked. ‘Puppy size!’
replied the mother ‘Well, we have plenty
of puppies, if that’s what she’s looking for.’
‘I know….. We have seen most of them, ‘
the mom said in frustration…
Just then Danielle came walking into
the office ‘Well, did you find one?’ asked her mom.
‘No, not this time,’ Danielle said with sadness in her voice.
‘Can we come back on the weekend?’
The two women looked at each other,
shook their heads and laughed
‘You never know when we will get more dogs.
Unfortunately, there’s always a supply,’ the volunteer said.
Danielle took her mother by the hand and headed to the door.
‘Don’t worry, I’ll find one this weekend,’ she said.
Over the next few days both
Mom and Dad had long conversations with her.
They both felt she was being too particular.
‘It’s this weekend or we’re not looking any more,’
Dad finally said in frustration.
‘We don’t want to hear anything
more about puppy size, either,’ Mom added.
Sure enough, they were the first ones in the
shelter on Saturday morning.
By now Danielle knew her way around,
so she ran right for the section that housed
the smaller dogs. Tired of the routine,
mom sat in the small waiting room
at the end of the first row of cages.
There was an observation window
so you could see the animals during
times when Visitors weren’t permitted.
Danielle walked slowly from cage to cage,
kneeling periodically to take a closer look.
One by one the dogs were brought out
and she held each one. One by one she said,
‘Sorry, but you’re not the one.’
It was the last cage on this last day
in search of the perfect pup.
The volunteer opened the cage door
and the child carefully picked up the
dog and held it closely.
This time she took a little longer.
‘Mom, that’s it! I found the right puppy!
He’s the one! I know it!’ She screamed with joy.
‘It’s the puppy size!’
‘But it’s the same size as all the other
puppies you held over the last few weeks,’ Mom said.
‘No not size… The sighs.
When I held him in my arms, he sighed,’ she said.
‘Don’t you remember? When I asked you one
day what love is, you told me love depends
on the sighs of your heart.
The more you love, the bigger the sigh!’
The two women looked at each other for a moment.
Mom didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.
As she stooped down to hug the child,
she did a little of both.
‘Mom, every time you hold me, I sigh.
When you and Daddy come home from
work and hug each other, you both sigh.
I knew I would find the right puppy if it
sighed when I held it in my arms,’ she said.
Then, holding the puppy up close to her face,
she said, ‘Mom, he loves me. I heard the
sighs of his heart!’
Close your eyes for a moment and think
about the love that Makes you sigh.
I not only find it in the arms of my loved
ones, but in the caress of a sunset,
the kiss of the moonlight and
the gentle brush of cool air on
a hot day. They are the sighs of God.
Take the time to stop and listen;
you will be surprised at what you hear.
‘Life is not measured by the breaths we take,
but by the moments that take Our breath away.
‘I hope your life is filled with Sighs!!!