A big, bright, blue, full moon welcomed the Greens as they pulled into the driveway late at night. Sue brought Ampersand home earlier that evening so he would be there to greet them after their long trip. Their shadows followed them as they stepped out of the car and stretched their legs after the long drive. The moon light cast beautiful shadows over the yard and seemed bigger and bluer than the ocean they had left behind. It felt like they had brought a bit of the ocean home with them.
Mrs. Green did not linger long. She walked into the kitchen door. Ampersand was sleeping upstairs. She called him. He did not stir. She held the kitchen door open and called him again. He walked down the stairs slowly at first. Ampersand would not get too excited until he was sure it was her. Mrs. Green called him a third time. This time he knew it was her. Ampersand raced down the stairs like a bolt of lightening. He jumped right up into Mrs. Green’s arms. He licked her face and screeched in excitement. The noise he made was pure pleasure and happiness. Mrs. Green tried to hold him but he was too excited. She reassured him she had missed him just as much as he had missed her.
She ushered him into the brightly lit back yard. Oh how he ran in circles around her! Mr. Green stood back and watched the happy reunion. Mrs. Green threw the ball for Ampersand over and over. She let him run, bark, and jump up and down as much as he needed to. The Green’s laughed out loud at their happy dog.
When Ampersand finally realized he was not dreaming and he was all worn out, he jumped into Mrs. Green’s arms, tucked his nose into her elbow and fell fast asleep. Mr. Green unpacked the car and let the two sit and enjoy the reunion. No one welcomed you home like your dog.
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