After service one Sunday in April, Berry and I took Hobson and Blondie on our favorite hike: Runyan Canyon. Hobson was Blondie’s young boyfriend by then. The two of them would hike this trail for years to come, where dogs are allowed off leash. There was nothing in the world better than the four of us hanging out together, especially when we reached the top;
Berry and I sat on the high
bench that overlooked the city as our dogs ran around underneath. Sometimes, as
we perched together overlooking the Hollywood Hills, we could see Century City
with its high rise buildings glittering in the sun to our right and Hollywood's
famous circular Capitol Records building to our left.
“Darling, I’m surprised you haven’t always attended church,” Berry said to me. "You are the most spiritual person I know. There’s just something about you. I get the feeling that you have a connection to God that few people have. It’s like what Reverend Anderson said today. And it’s a gift, sweetikins; it’s a gift that you possess. I think it’s something you need to explore. And I want to help you in any way I can.”
that means so much to me," I could tell she was speaking from her heart.
Inside, my heart was melting from her kindness.
“But it’s not just that, it’s something more. It’s a connection, not something you can learn in a book,” she explained. “Just pray on it, see what you learn, find out what God has to say to you.”
“I will, I promise you, I will,” I gave her a big hug right there on that little bench.
I watched Hobson’s tail standing straight up as he looked up at us, moving back and forth so fast I could hardly keep it in focus. I called it his "Happy Meter." He was very excited to be there, the sky was a pale blue with fluffy while clouds and we were surrounded by nature. Blondie, his older girlfriend, was crashed out in the dirt taking the opportunity to rest before heading back down. All four of us grateful as the sun began to set.