One of those things I guess. The moment you catch yourself
Starring at and old photo. Perhaps it is even on display
Somewhere in your home. You know it’s there, but you pass it
every day, busy with other things in life.
And then one day something stops you. A moment when you
pause and connect with the photo (or picture/ art). The moment
when it escapes the subconscious and brings you back to that moment.
Whatever your emotions are. Maybe happy or sad, anger and calm, etc.
Tonight I found myself staring at and connecting with an old photo of one of my cats. He passed away about 5 years ago. I feel sad though. When we moved to another military base I had to leave two of my cats and my dog behind. A close friend was fostering them until we could get back to get them. My cat, Henry Albert, passed away in his sleep. He was only 10 years old. It was sad enough that he passed, but that I hadn’t seen him in several months. I wasn’t there to care for him. I hadn’t held him for a while. I just wasn’t there.
Maybe he thought I had purposely abandoned him. Of course he was with people he knew and had plenty of other cats to mingle with (my other cat, Taja Arika). But he wasn’t with me. I should have been there or at least able to bring him to our new home.
The photos can be of anyone, even simply a photo of a special moment.
There are other people and animals I had lost. Tonight it just
happened to be Henry. I miss him always. Tonight my eyes welled up with thoughts my special boy.
I dread the day when my other pets pass. It is inevitable of course and always very hard on me. My pets are like
children to me. My love for animals and compassion for them may seem crazy to some. But it’s a quality of mine. Part of makes me who I am.
And it will never go away.
Ugh it is so late, but I just had to put my feelings out there.
I have to admit two things, first, I cried watching this video. Not because I haven’t ever surfed nor because my life isn’t anywhere near that interesting, but because well…as a parent to see someone embrace your child (or anyone else’s) in an act of selflessness is a beautiful thing. To know that there are people left in the world who do amazing work and don’t expect a penny. With all the negative being thrown at us on a daily basis it becomes overwhelming, a person can easily become jaded. Then you forget that there are people who care to bring life and positivity into your world, daily, in any number of forms. And with a little digging they are not to hard too hard to find.
Second, I have no idea what my life “mission” is aside from being a mother. I believe everyone has a mission other than parenthood (which in itself is the most difficult mission anyone can have), I just haven’t pinpointed it yet.
I have been blessed with having an intelligent, creative, talented child. I do not take that for granted. Besides the typical behavioral problems a lot of children have (or seem to) and a severe allergic reaction to fire ant stings, she is really quite normal. I am also, in no way, under the impression that she received any of those qualities from me. Saying that I do have some experience with children with disabilities, obstacles, just not on a day-to-day first hand kind of basis. If that makes any sense. Basically within my extended family. So I know how important people like the ones in the following article are.
I think this video is pretty remarkable. It just goes to show you that animals so have emotions. In some ways it does
make me a bit sad. You can obviously tell the Gorilla is upset. And in my opinion is a another example of how so many people
fail to teach their kids to respect all life.
Even knowing quite a bit about apes it still amazes me about how incredibly “human” and “intense” his/her reaction is to the children.
I was beginning to wonder if I was alone in thinking that SOME vegans are snobs. I enjoy reading through recipes and vegan blogs etc…but some of the comments people leave are hateful and harsh. My husband is definitely not a vegetarian/ vegan. I don’t force my daughter to follow my vegan choice. Because that’s just what it is…a choice. She will eat what my husband cooks and stuff I make too. Everyone has to make their own choices. Being a vegan that thinks their way is the “one and only” way and everyone else will just rot is like a faithful Christian looking down on someone because they chose a different faith. Spread the love and respect…if you even have the chance to share info on veganism no one will listen if you have a better than thou attitude. And it is not necessary to show them horrible, sad stories or pictures of animals being abused. Most of us already know what goes on. Do I like the treatment animals receive? No, not at all. Do I spend my day pouring over information and pics or video to give the “shock” factor and hope to convert someone? No, definitely not.
If I did that (even thinking of all the scary, evil things in the world people do to anyone, not just animals) my life would be miserable. I definitely want things to change in the world, but I do know what goes on, dwelling on it is so depressing and doesn’t help anything.
I’m not saying that joining informative, peaceful groups to promote a change isn’t a good thing. That’s a great thing to do actually! But spouting hate does not make you better than anyone. Everyone deserves respect as long as they give it. In my opinion A life is a Life. Do no Harm. I follow my belief and try to instill that idea in how my daughter handles stuff. I’m not forcing her. She may grow up and disagree. Of course I would be disappointed a bit, but I would never lash out at her. Everyone has a choice! So put on your grown up panties because not everyone agrees with you! http://sf.mindbodygreen.com/0-4431/Are-Vegans-Snobs.html