Belle's Musing - You Forgot Rascal
Belle’s Musing – You Forgot Rascal
By Belle Touchton - The Missionary Dog
Mommy - Cheryle M. Touchton
The Pocket Full of Quarters Lady
Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. Ex 20:12NIV
Boy, have Mommy and Daddy been busy. I knew what was coming. Daddy kept going in and out with stuff for Halleluiah and that could only mean one thing – we were taking a trip. Every time Daddy would go outside to pack Halleluiah, he would open the front door and say, “Belle, stay!”
I don’t understand why he didn’t say, “Rascal, stay!” I already knew to wait inside until they called me. Rascal was the one that kept running outside. Why doesn’t Rascal have to mind? If I didn’t mind, I’m in trouble. When Rascal runs outside, Daddy just picks him up and scratches his ears. Rascal looks smugly at me and purrs. It’s not fair!
I wondered where we were going to put that disgusting kitty litter this time. Mommy hates it as much as I do and had to have Halleluiah cleaned because of the last trip with Rascal. Why couldn’t Rascal go outside like me? That lucky Rascal gets to go potty anytime he pleases and I have wait until Mommy stops. That’s not fair either.
Also, while I’m complaining, why does Mommy and Daddy fuss at me when they think Rascal and I are getting too rough. Rascal is the one that starts things. I’ll be sleeping peacefully, minding my own business, and Rascal pounces on my tail. I pounce back and Mommy says, “Belle, calm down!” All they say to Rascal is, “You’re being a Rascal again.” I suspect Mommy knows it isn’t my fault and fusses at me because she knows I’ll listen. Rascal knows what Mommy wants but ignores what she says. I’ve got to figure out how he gets away with so much stuff. I can’t get away with anything.
“Come on Belle,” Mommy called. “It’s time to get in the camper.”
I was confused. The cat litter was still in the house. Had she forgotten Rascal?
“Belle!” Mommy called again. “Come on.”
I couldn’t believe it. I was going without Rascal. While Daddy worked, Rascal was going to have to stay home alone all day. I was going on an adventure and would have Mommy all to myself. I can’t purr but I can look smug. The Bible says to honor your father and mother. Maybe this “minding Mommy” stuff is a good idea after all.
Cheryle M. Touchton is a ministry partner with and the Director for Pocket Full of Change Ministries. For more information or to schedule a speaker for an event, go to www.pocketfullofchange.org or call Gail Golden at 904 316-5462.
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