In October (which seems like a lifetime ago) Joe and I were in our garage, getting it all cleaned out for a party. We heard one snuffling, leaf rustling sound, then another. We paused in our sweeping to listen a little harder. The noise was just outside the garage, coming from the back yard. Like an animal was back there.
I look at Joe in a panic, thinking our dog was loose. "Is Cooper out?"
His eyebrows come together. "No, he's in the house."
Amongst other things, Cooper is our black lab. He's definitely blog worthy. He's also a gigantic pain in our respective butts. Read about it here.
The reason I asked if it was Cooper back there is because he's been known to take luxurious, albeit unauthorized, field trips around the neighborhood, usually in the early morning hours. Mostly when I have on only a t shirt and bad hair. (I have run braless down my street, throwing baloney and cheese at him to come back. Asshole dog.)
But I digress. Our dog wasn't out there, but there were two new dogs running around in our back yard; smallish beagles, belonging to the neighbors across the street. We round them up, slap leashes on their collars, and deliver them back to their owners.
Back at home, in preparation for costumes, we got out the bag o' wigs, one of which Joe slapped on his head and promptly forgot about. The wig was cut into a bob of longish red hair and looked like something Annabelle might have worn in her movies.
The Wigged One was happily grilling hot dogs for our guests when again the leaf rustling took up but this time, there was only a thin screen door between Cooper and the interlopers and our dog saw them and desperately wanted to play. Still in the garage, I turned to yell at Joe that the little beagles had once again escaped and were back in our yard, but he was one step ahead of me.
Joe spied the two doggie trespassers and in full red-headed, wigged glory dramatically ran toward them in the back yard, while his hair flowed in the breeze. It was practically in slow motion. But his hair. Oh, my holy goodness. But it wasn't his hair, as he keeps it to a respectable 1/8" cut year round...it was the hair of this silly wig, which had slipped down and wasn't even on right.
Watching him sprint heroically, grilling tongs waving in the air, to the back to rescue the two beagles, with his hair-not-his-hair flowing in the breeze, I could no longer keep my laughter in and I absolutely lost it. I dissolved. My knees went weak. I could not catch my breath for anything in the world and in fact, couldn't even walk up the back steps into the house because I was laughing so hard at the picture he made in the back yard. I think I peed my pants a little (who am I kidding, I had to run in and change) and the funniest part of all?
Joe had no idea what I was laughing at because that wig on his head had somehow, in his mind, morphed into just a hat keeping his head warm. He wasn't even wearing a wig anymore, in his mind, just a toasty head warmer. He stood there, shaking his wigged head at me, like I was the one who was nuts.
But I knew better.
|My handsome Bear, in his "hat", and a sample bite of hot dog in his mouth|