The Carriage Driver³ – It’s All Happening

Updated on August 1, 2017

Hansel!!! The cat turned in surprise at the sound of his master's voice. “Where’s Gretel?”

Gretel lifted her head wondering what the disturbance was. At seeing her master she pushed to her feet and rushed to her.

Paula knelt and in a moment had two big, furry, healthy cats in her arms. She stood and looked around her new surroundings. There was a field of glass domed structures, surrounded by lush nourishing green foliage. Still holding the cats, her new young heart beating proudly in her chest, she called out “T.C., T.C. Wilson, are you here too?”

“Do you want to take a bird bath? Squawk.” Her Cockatiel, responded. “Squawk. Hello Beautiful.”

“Come here you,” the bird eyed the cats.

“Squawk.”

She put the cats at her feet and they followed as she went and stroked the feathers of her old friend.

She walked through her thick green surroundings that reminded her of the warm tropic climate that she found so reassuring. The tall glass domed structure came into view.

A frisky Golden Retriever looked up and leapt to her feet, tail going a hundred miles an hour. The cats at her feet scattered a few feet in two directions as the steam engine of a Golden Retriever. In a moment, she found herself in a wrestling contest with Chevas Regal a card carrying love machine. Chevas Regal’s energy drifted to the back of the house to where her long time companions, Nevada and Aramis were catching a few zzzzz.

The sound of laughing, rolled through the neighborhood as the three old friends showed their excitement at being reunited. Hansel and Gretel stood clear until the buoyancy of the larger animals settled. Then they darted ahead as the two dogs walked in circles around and around as they made their way to the front door.

She stepped inside. There was a large bird cage where T.C. Wilson could sleep. She looked at the cat tree house that was practically a gymnasium. Through the window there was a corral for the dogs that was so inviting she immediately went out to do an inspection.

Gretel pawed at her leg, wanting to be picked up. She bent down and lifted her and pulled her close. She gave her little precious the first kiss in a long time. They walked back inside.

She spotted a music system and that made her heart warm. She spotted the icebox and both eyebrows raised. She looked at a small dining room table and chairs. Chairs she thought. Pulling the door of the ice box open she sat the cat down and pulled out a pitcher of sangria, set it on the small table and found a glass.

She poured herself a refreshing drink. Just as she sat down there was a knock at the door. She looked over and two women were there. They each had dogs at their side. A bird stood on one of the women’s shoulders.

She went and retrieved two more glasses. And let her neighbors inside.

“We came to welcome you. If there are any questions we will try to answer them.”

The women sat and began talking. Began the process of learning the amazing details of the people who chose to live in a community of animal lovers.

In no time at all the neighbors discovered that she had an early career as a hair stylist. They were thrilled and made immediate appointments. They offered to trade dog walking and dog bathing. (Secretly they were already providing the care and cleaning of the pets that had been patiently waiting.)

They were all waiting there. Many had waited for pleasant and rewarding years. One of the women said, “Once you settle in, we will bring you over to see some of the pets that are waiting and show you around.”

She picked up her glass and finished it off. “No time like the present.” The tropical warmth and natural curiosity had her eager.

The three women left the house. Hansel and Gretel climbed up their tree house and settled in. Chevas Regal tagged along, tail going a mile a minute. All the dogs bursting with the energy of their youth.

She was led into a compound with smooth walkways. There were all types of enclosures, with exotic animals. There were no doors, just safe spaces where the animals felt comfortable. She looked down at Chevas Regal who was not barking and carrying on.

There were multiple monkeys. There were llamas and an emu. A sleek black jaguar eyed the guests, while slung over a wide branch, as they wandered by.

Up ahead, she saw the most beautiful white horse possible, with a man walking next to her. She excused herself and ran on ahead. Chevas Regal not to be left out ran alongside.

She caught up with the man. “I don’t think I properly thanked you.”

“Thanked me. It is my privilege to deliver my fares where they want to go. My service is just another gift offered to those that earned the services.”

“Still,” she paused. “Why are you still here?”

“We thought we would look around. There is no place like this on earth. There is no sense of need. The air is charged with the sweet smell of the earth. There is no pollution, no hunger. There is no need for distrust or jealousy. All the things that have been created to hamper the bonding of people are left behind.”

She spotted the carriage up ahead as she walked along beside of this gentleman.

Griffin tended to Nuelle for their return trip. Griffin reached in his pocket and retrieved an apple. He cut it into four pieces. He fed two to Nuelle and handed one piece to Paula. They all shared the bounty of an apple. He stepped into the carriage and waved goodbye.

Off to her right, she spotted a beautiful Golden Retriever who was waiting in the shade. “Hello girl. My aren’t you a pretty one.” She started to step away. Chevas Regal’s tail was going like crazy. She stopped and faced the enclosure, “Do you want to stay with me while you are waiting? I am sure that your master will be able to find you once she reaches her destination.”

This walking heart of gold, got to her feet and followed along, deciding to spend this part of her journey together in the company of another beautiful soul.

I'm consoled by the strength of her faith and her goodness while here, and that she is in a better place now.

The Beatles - In my Life

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    • mckbirdbks profile imageAUTHOR

      mckbirdbks 

      5 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Peg - So hard to believe that a year has passed. Do you remember being bored as a kid? Wondering what to do? Now, days flash by and we wonder what happened to them. I am glad that you stop by here to this piece of writing, and that it brings you some sense of peace.

      This is a big week for me. I will see all my daughters. As we celebrate together.

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      Peg Cole 

      5 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas

      Back to revisit this enchanting story. This time last year things were so different. Still hard to believe all that has occurred in one short year.

      Your narrative gives comfort and always puts a smile on my face. Thank you dear friend.

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      mckbirdbks 

      5 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Robin - Thank you for visiting and leaving such a nice comment.

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      Robin Carretti 

      5 months ago from Hightstown

      Love all the array of fun words through this read it felt magical Cat and dog mystery tour the Beatles are just amazing

    • mckbirdbks profile imageAUTHOR

      mckbirdbks 

      8 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Peg - What a kind think to say. I feel honored by your comment. You carry your friend in your heart and I am sure she is still looking out for you.

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      Peg Cole 

      8 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      This seems to be the perfect description of Heaven. "There is no place like this on earth. There is no sense of need. The air is charged with the sweet smell of the earth. There is no pollution, no hunger. There is no need for distrust or jealousy. All the things that have been created to hamper the bonding of people are left behind."

      Whenever I need to feel the presence of my absent friend, I turn to this story.

    • mckbirdbks profile imageAUTHOR

      mckbirdbks 

      9 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Verlie - I think we all have a vision of what is beautiful in this life. My stories just explore what those visions might look like and I try to describe them. From time to time I can be absorbed right into the story myself.

      Thanks for such a nice comment.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      9 months ago from Canada

      Morning Mike, I followed the path to a Carriage Driver story I missed. It is a beauty.

    • mckbirdbks profile imageAUTHOR

      mckbirdbks 

      9 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Peg - If this story has given you one moment of comfort, then I feel great about the writing. Thank you for such a nice compliment.

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      Peg Cole 

      9 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      I've returned a number of times to revisit this wonderful story, Mike. It always gives a sense of comfort and familiarity, the people and the animals, still vibrant, healthy and living the dream. Thank you again for such a touching story.

    • mckbirdbks profile imageAUTHOR

      mckbirdbks 

      11 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Shannon - Thanks for the visit. This series has been going on for quite a while now. I appreciate the visit. 'The Garden of Eden,' I wish I would have thought of that. I guess many feel that being with their pets is the best of all possible choices.

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      Shannon Henry 

      11 months ago from Texas

      This one reminds me of the Garden of Eden. Peaceful. No wonder people never seem to tire of this series. I still think it would make an excellent television series.

    • mckbirdbks profile imageAUTHOR

      mckbirdbks 

      11 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Genna – I guess I am just simple. We seem to live in a plentiful world, yet many of the ideas and concepts ‘taught to us’ make it impossible for people to be happy. I am glad you liked the story. I do agree, all of heaven is possible on earth. Like you, ‘there are places I remember.’ Thank you for staying with these stories.

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      Genna East 

      11 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      “We thought we would look around. There is no place like this on earth. There is no sense of need. The air is charged with the sweet smell of the earth. There is no pollution, no hunger. There is no need for distrust or jealousy. All the things that have been created to hamper the bonding of people are left behind.” And this could be the way of life on earth if we only had faith in these possibilities. All of heaven is possible on earth. We have only to believe. I loved this story, Mike. It brought tears. Thank you. One of the best Beatle songs: "There are places I remember....in my life, I've loved them all."

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      mckbirdbks 

      11 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Paula - Thank you very much.

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      Paula 

      11 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Mike...You have been fortunate in having your long-term friends still here with you...I'm sure you're grateful. Thanks for reconfirming your "magic" "....it felt natural for me to reach out in this way......"~~ Exactly. That "nature" is quite magical. Believe me, I know what I speak of....:) smile.

    • mckbirdbks profile imageAUTHOR

      mckbirdbks 

      11 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Paula. Thank you for your kind comment. I cannot know how deeply the hurt is involved with losing a life long friend. Here at HP, I have been lucky enough to be associated with a group of very fine people. When the news spread, that our mutual friend lost such a friend, it felt natural for me to reach out in this way.

      I thank you for giving me so much credit. Your friendship is valued.

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      Paula 

      11 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Mike....I can imagine how very deeply this lovely tribute has touched Peg. You are such a dear, sweet man, Mike . Maria has sent me the info so that I too, may offer my heart, hugs and prayers to Peg. So many of us can truly feel the heartbreak of such a loss.

      Hugs to you too, Mike. You have "been there" like magic, at moments when you just instinctively know that comfort is needed~~for so many of us. I say you are our Hero. Peace, Paula

    • mckbirdbks profile imageAUTHOR

      mckbirdbks 

      11 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Gypsy Rose Lee - Thank you.I appreciate your kind comments. This story is close to all of our hearts.

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      mckbirdbks 

      11 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Shy - It always gets me, that right here we could have what we want. To much has been taken out of our hands and we are left to participate in someone elses games/rules. But that is just me.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      11 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Loved, loved, loved this story. What a delight two cats named Hansel and Gretel and The Beatles what a perfect combination like a delicious banana split.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      11 months ago from Texas

      This is a beautiful heartwarming story that gives one hope of the comforting/loving/worry free life waiting for us.

      Thank you mike

      Blessings always

    • mckbirdbks profile imageAUTHOR

      mckbirdbks 

      12 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ann – ‘Paula’ selected a beautiful paradise filled her pets which brought her so much love during her short stay at this part of her journey. I appreciate your kind comment.

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      mckbirdbks 

      12 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Bill - Extra merit points for you making in on the same day as published. I have fallen so far behind in supporting the people I follow here on HP. I see they just announced more changes. Thank you for your very kind comment.

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      mckbirdbks 

      12 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Martie – I think we all share a friend that loves their pet more than one could think possible. I do hope all that read this recognize some of ‘Paula’ in at least one of their friends or relatives. I know a few people that treat their pets as a true member of the family.

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      mckbirdbks 

      12 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Becky – Sometimes I wonder if the pets that pass our way show us the real love. It seems so many, connect with their pets on a much higher plane. I did notice the last two stores had a similar tone to them. Thanks for the visit. I hope you are secure from the heat.

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      mckbirdbks 

      12 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Peg – I see this story as an, ‘until we meet again’ message. Our pets bring us so much joy. I hope your friends find this a fitting tribute. Thinking about it, pets, have been a recurring theme throughout many of these stories. The Beatles have long been one of my favorite groups. I have not used them often.

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      Ann Carr 

      12 months ago from SW England

      What a beautiful place to be! This animal and human paradise is so clear - I can feel the freedom in the air and the freedom of being young and healthy again. You have a gift!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 

      12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Wow, I'm here reading on the same day it was published! I'm pretty darned proud of myself.

      You know, we all know this is fiction, but the beauty of your writing is the ability to convince us, for just a few moments, that we are reading about real people. Don't lose that gift, Mike!

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      Martie Coetser 

      12 months ago from South Africa

      Dear Mike

      I am sure all Paula's relatives and friends will derive peace from this beautiful, well-written story.

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      Becky Katz 

      12 months ago from Hereford, AZ

      Looks like you found inspiration in your own story last week. I enjoyed it, and will look forward to remembering some more about my past fur babies.

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      Peg Cole 

      12 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      Tears of joy are streaming down my face as I read this wonderful story. The characters are so alive and vibrant I can almost see them. I know that Paula would love this. I'll be sending this to friends who will be attending a celebration of life ceremony this Sunday, July 30th. Thank you for such an uplifting tale of wagging tails, purring cats, a squawking Cockatiel and the pure bliss of the afterlife. Love the Beatles, too.

    • mckbirdbks profile imageAUTHOR

      mckbirdbks 

      12 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello mar - We are fortunate to have found good friends here at Hubpages. It seems we have been through thick and thin with many of the folkds here.

      Griffin was fascinated with the surroundings that Paula brought together for the next part of her journey. I am sure we would all be bathed in the peace and serenity of a world filled with love.

      Thanks for such a warm comment.

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      Maria Jordan 

      12 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Mike,

      I totally understand Griffin wishing to take his time in this paradise after delivering Paula safely - it sounds like 'earth (as it should be) in heaven'.

      A heartwarming and comforting episode - the second time (recently) that I'm listening to 'In My Life' with tear-stained eyes.

      Thank you, Mike and love to our mutual friend. Hugs, mar

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