Last night I was rummaging around in the refrigerator and noticed a bottle of water. I don’t usually buy them because I prefer to filter and store my own tap water. The thought of all that plastic hanging around in the environment makes me cringe.
But, I bought some recently and saw that half-full bottle right smack in front of me.
I started to grab it to empty in Stuart’s water bowl. Crap. No more water bowl.
They say it takes about 30 days to form a habit. Or maybe 21 days. Something like that. Does that mean it takes the same amount of time to break a habit? Or have it just go away?
It’s been roughly 240 days since Stuart crossed the bridge.
You’d think I’d have stopped reaching for the water bottle by now.
Or stepping over the blank space on the floor next to the bed in the middle of the night.
Or expecting to find him waiting at the front door after we’d gone out for a few hours.
Or making sure the gates are closed.
Scotties – anipals in general – are habit forming. Living as a family of three is habit forming. So are pooch kisses, belly rubs and the click clicks of toenails on a hardwood floor.
Maybe it’s time.