NORMAN — September has always had a special place in my heart.
It’s not only because the temperatures are starting to dip and as everyday closes I know I’m one step closer to wearing a sweater.
It’s not because September is usually the time when stores start stocking Halloween candy, although that is a big perk. And it’s not because it’s the beginning of football season for my husband and the beginning of unsupervised shopping season for me.
The last nine Septembers have been especially meaningful to me because it’s the month we adopted a 60-pound ball of fur and energy, Sunshine Marie. To most, Sunshine looks like a dog, but to her parents, she is a blessing we never expected to have. Her adoption fee was $10, since she had all of her shots and had been spayed — a small price to pay for a best friend.
Sunshine’s adoption was the first major decision my husband and I made together. Well, I made the decision she was going to come home with us, but the real work was convincing him of that. It didn’t take too much effort, as he also fell in love with her the first time he saw her.
I always say that Sunshine adopted us. I had the opportunity to meet her first as I was volunteering at the shelter she just so happened to land herself in. I always think back to the day I first saw her. She was in the worst place possible but was just as happy as she could be.
She didn’t care that she was confined to a small space. She didn’t care she had to spend her days and nights on a concrete floor. Her energy and her overall happiness truly were an inspiration.