THE DEN — I can't speak for all of you, but my guess is you were similar to me as a kid and couldn't wait to grow up. And now that I'm grown up, I find myself wishing I was still a kid.
When I was a child, I was in such a hurry to grow up. I'd ride my bike thinking about how much cooler it would be to be driving a car. I'd scrounge change from around the house to go buy a Slurpee thinking about how much better it would be when I had my own money someday. And I'd be told to go to bed at bedtime only to lie there and think about how lucky my parents were that they got to stay up.
Now, as an adult, I see my kids riding their bikes and remember what it was like to feel that joy or riding around the neighborhood and jumping off the curb.
I sit through yet another exhausting meeting reminiscing about how wonderful it was to be carefree and think I had the world at my fingertips with a $5 bill in my pocket. And I watch my kids get to bed and wonder why one earth I'm not turning in as well, then maybe for once in my life I wouldn't feel tired.
This little guy was hanging out and decided to give the iconic wolf howl the old college try. The adorable fur ball gave it a few valiant efforts but ultimately fell short of his goal. I feel like you can see some disappointment on his face, and I get it.
I remember watching my dad go for a jog and thinking that was a grown-up thing to do, so I tried it. I made it about six houses from mine and had to call it a day. It was disappointing, but now I have to exercise or my heart will call it quits.
While he didn't get a howl out, there are a lot of things this little fella has to be happy about. First off, his sibling saw the whole thing and didn't give him a hard time about it (clearly, this wolf pup has different siblings than I do). In addition to that, he still doesn't have to worry about a mortgage on that den or where the next meal is coming from.
That howl will come, champ, but no need to rush it.