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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 151 :: joyful love

30 May
{grace}

I am so overwhelmed with love today. So many beautiful notes and messages from friends about saying goodbye to Pup. You don’t know how much it means to me…

….well maybe you do.

It seems that losing a cherished pet is a universal exercise in grief. And in so many ways a connection from the animal world straight to the heart of the matter.

There is so much in this world that is hard to agree on, but, not when it comes to saying goodbye to those we love. Especially our pets.

That is an exercise in love. And in joy, there is always love.
Thanks for the love. I will repay the favor when and if the day comes.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{love}
#lovemore

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BLOG – GIFT DAY 227 :: are you catty or doggie?

17 Aug
Sometimes I think my dogs behave better than humans. 

And, this week, while traveling home on a little puddle jumper from Portland to Medford, I was convinced of it.

On my little flight home I was confronted with some cats. 

Now, I’m a dog person. I grew up with a cat and I love kitties too… but my heart belongs to dogs.

Here’s the thing…. our dogs can act up too. 
The pups might get a little too excited to see you when you walk in the door… they might jump and lick and beg and bound, but it’s all from a place of love.

All they want is love. All they want to give us is love in exchange for some food and attention and the occasional treat.

Cats on the other hand… well… I haven’t quite figured them out. 

Some are lovely little fur balls that just purr their hearts out. Others are biting scratching tempers just waiting for an opportunity to blind side your backside when you unsuspectingly walk around the corner.

And that was what I witnessed on my plane. Two cats sitting in their seats. On the outside they looked pretty and nice and super fun. I began envisioning myself leaning over to introduce myself. We would become fast friends! We would have coffee and lunch and go on walks together!

Because, I am in the market for new, local friends these days.
Then they started talking.

I heard their entire life story — as did the rest of the plane. I heard their opinions about everything… and I mean everything.  And, really, that’s okay. I can handle a conversation that is too loud between two giddy women. Lord knows I have been in one before.

But then….
There’s always a but. 

I saw how these women treated the flight attendant on our plane. The roll of the eyes behind his back when he asked them to prepare for take off and place their bags under their seats.

Then they began sharing gossip with the stranger sitting behind them, badmouthing somebody who was their sons little league coach and then other people they share children and PTA spots with.

I sat in my seat across the aisle shocked. It was like watching a terrible movie play out before me. I haven’t been around girls so catty since grade school when my 3rd grade teacher shut down recess (and all the girl quarrels) by requiring every single girl in class to stay inside and play TOGETHER FOR ONE ENTIRE RECESS.

It was a lesson I will never forget.
The opposite is true as well.

I couldn’t help but feel sad watching these two women one up each other’s cattiness.

And, really, I feel sorry for the felines of the world that get a bad rap with the meaning of the word CATTY.

There are so many good cats out there. So many kind, fair and nonjudgemental women too —- and so many animals like the one in the video below who know how to play together.

There’s something special about animals who know how to get along. And…how to play with each other at recess.

It was a good reminder for me this week as I watched these two women cat it up across the aisle. I didn’t make any new friends.

But it made me think deeper in other ways….
We owe it to our daughters to play nice with each other. We owe it to each other too.

And frankly, we owe it to flight attendants who bring us water and coffee and treats, and help us fly in comfort and ease, to not roll our eyes behind their back. 

I suppose we need to be more “doggie” instead of “catty”.
Barking when things aren’t right and licking and loving and snuggling each other the rest of the time.

More tomorrow.

Lovemore {fearless}
Jamie

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P.P.S. Yesterday’s card went out to Gail C. — thank you Gail for showing me a fabulous time in Chicago! Today’s card is written but not mailed…. I am waiting for an address!

 
{how are you catty or doggie?}
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