As a child I was obsessed with Milo and Otis. For those of you who had the misfortune of missing out, the movie details the story of a kitten (Milo) and pug puppy named Otis. When Milo is accidentally set adrift downriver in a wooden box, Otis embarks on an epic adventure to save his feline friend. In his heroic mission Otis encounters several angry bears, narrowly escapes from the desolate Deadwood Swamp and is adopted by both a female deer and a sow pig- and that's only the beginning!
My favourite scene involves Otis and Milo, in a moment of joyous reunion, frolicking happily through the fields. Even if only short-lived, it is a moment of pure, unadulterated happiness. As they leap through yellow dandelions and long grass they do not care for the past, or the future, but simply delight in the glorious present and each other's company. We could all do with a bit of that attitude in our lives. By all means plan for the future, rectify past wrongs when possible- but do not let them detract from the now. When things are going well, put aside your worries, if only for a little while. Climb a tree, run around in a park, go for a twirl on the dance floor.
We are never too old to frolic.
Below are pictures I took of some friends at the Basin Reserve park, near Wanganui.