For the last few years instead of making a set of resolutions, I have selected on a single word to sum up what I want to focus on for the year ahead. This year I even got a special bracelet where I could pound my word in and wear it all the time. I did get it on sale, so I’ll wear it as long as it doesn’t turn my wrist green.
I mentioned this idea to Archer, our terrier mix, and he decided he wanted his very own word. We sat down to discuss options.
Me: So the idea is to pick a word that represents something you want to work on.
Archer: Work? Do I have to work? I have a tie already. Does this mean I can get one of the clicky things to pounce on all the time?
Me: No, no you don’t have to work and you don’t get a keyboard. It’s a goal. Like something you want to do better. Something you want to improve.
Archer: Oh. Okay! I have my word!
Me (surprised): Already? Well, great! What is it?
Archer: My word is… (pausing for dramatic effect)
Me: What? No! No, that can’t be your word!
Archer: Why not?
Me: Because that was your word last year.
Archer: Was it? I don’t remember picking it.
Me: You may not have picked it, but you definitely worked on it.
Archer: Oh. Okay. (Chews on paw thoughtfully, then brightens) I know! I’ve got one!
Me: Good. Let me hear it.
Archer: Run Away!
Me: No. First off, that’s two words…
Archer (excitedly): Or how about Open Gate? Or just Run? Or maybe Dig?
Me: I think we may need to talk about appropriate goals.
Archer: I like Dig. There’s this one spot over by the storage shed and the fence, if I spend a few minutes a day…
Me: Maybe you could work on Sit. Or Stay.
Archer: How about Loose? Or Flee? You know, with two Es?
Now that I think about it, I’m not sure Archer needs a word for the year. But I may need a few extra ones. Like fence and leash.