The Same, But Different

“Dad, it’s the same, but different.”  … Elissa “Jelly” Visotski

It was sometime during her grade school years that Elissa came up with that quote, worthy of being mentioned with  Yogi Berra’s list of great quotes.

Two things that are the same, but different  would be  children and dogs.


A quiet moment with Martha  last night. Photo by Megan Visotski

Our three daughters were raised in the same environment, yet all three are very different in their personalities.

Our four, Black Labs all look the same (pretty much) but each is different in how they act and how they expect/need to be treated.

It is also easy to overlook the heirarchy between them because you are with them every day.  Insert a sassy puppy into the mix and you notice behaviors that you were oblivious to.

For the last 3+ weeks, we have kept Megan’s puppy, Martha here.  Today, she goes back with Megan to Auburn to pack up her apartment and prepare to head to Houston for PA school.

Martha and I got along great and I’ll miss her sweetness.  It will be interesting to see how the other dogs react to her leaving. Surely they will appreciate the ability to take a nap without her jumping on them, wanting to play and wrestle.


Martha hinting to Maggie that she wants to play.

If I could only get my brain to function like our dogs; love everybody  with unconditional abandon and experience every activity as if it was my favorite thing.

Now there is a lofty goal.

About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Nashville, TN, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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8 Responses to The Same, But Different

  1. Wouldn’t the world be a wonderful place if we all approached others as our dogs do us? With love, kindness, and quick to forgive.

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  2. Claudia says:

    We had two labs, yellow and chocolate; the yellow passed a few years ago, now we also have my son’s wild chocolate lab. I know my old dog Dickens would love to have her pillows back to herself. Heck, though — she still has the cats to deal with!

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  3. I love your quote (goal), Can I borrow it please? It would be great if we could all be more dog like. Not sure about the sniffing of bottoms though!

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  4. A beautiful post. Happy Father’s Day. You sound like a great dad.☺☺

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