One of the most common expressions you will hear in Georgia is ‘Vieme!’ It is an expression of surprise, of curiosity, of alarm, of fear, of pain, of delight, of excitement, of disbelief, of wonder. It can mean so many things. I hear it a lot when I go for walks. This evening, a security guard outside my supermarket shouted it just before he ran inside and locked the door. I didn’t mean to scare him but he said something to the tall person in a voice I didn’t like so I barked at him. The tall person later told me that the security guard thought I would scare customers so he had asked tall person and me to move. Ha, you were the one that moved Mr. Brave ‘Security’ Person!

You don’t see many dogs of my size and my type walking in the streets so people are often surprised when they see me. Almost everyone will use the ‘vieme’ expression and I have to try to figure out what they mean. If they are scared I don’t want to frighten them by going closer. If they are excited to see me I will let them come near and pet me. If they also use the word ‘lamazi’ I know they think I am beautiful and I will curl up my tail and hold my head high and try to deserve their compliment! This evening I received lots of compliments – ‘Vieme!’

I am waiting to go out and I’m enjoying every moment

How many times a day do we hear the word, ‘wait’? If you are like me you probably hear it a lot. ‘Wait’ to go out, ‘wait’ for a tasty treat, ‘wait’ at the side of the road before crossing, ‘wait’ to play ball. The number of ‘waits’ are endless but would our lives be better if we never needed to wait?  Would it be better to have everything we wanted when we wanted it? I thought about this today when I was waiting to go out and decided that not waiting for anything sounds appealing but we would lose something special if we never needed to wait. I think that waiting for things and anticipating them is one of the pleasures of life. It certainly makes me appreciate things more.

The tall person told me that there are a number of sayings about waiting – ‘all good things are worth waiting for’ and ‘if it is worth having it is worth waiting for’ and ‘all good things come to those who wait’. He said that people who never want to wait for anything and expect everything the instant they want it will eventually lose joy in everything.

Hmm, I am waiting to go out and I am enjoying every moment.