Unconditional Love

In Memory of Zoe

In Memory of Zoe

Unconditional love on earth . . . anyone who has pets knows exactly what I mean.  For some of us, it is our only experience with “motherhood”.  Our “fur babies” are sources of joy, laughter, entertainment, comfort, companionship, absolute devotion with no strings attached.

Our pets know us better than ourselves, and many times, better than our friends and families.  After all, who else can we tell our deep, dark secrets and passions and know they won’t judge us.  My “fur babies” love me when I:

  • Sing off key
  • Dance like Elaine Benes
  • Yell and cheer for my favorite sports team in the living room
  • Don’t answer the phone
  • Cry at silly, sappy pet commercials
  • Put silly costumes on them for Halloween
  • Laugh hysterically when my husband runs into the sliding glass door
  • Cut back treats when they are getting a little “pudgy”

Aside from their love and companionship, there is a mysterious and wonderful 6th sense I’ve experienced with my “kids”.  No one will ever be able to convince me that they can’t think or don’t feel.  How else can I explain how they:

  • know to stay awake and keep you company when you’ve been driving for 9 hours and have 3 more to go
  • sit next to you while you’re trying to keep crackers down after your chemotherapy treatment
  • walk slowly and next to your walker to help you recover from hip surgery
  • Lick your tears away when you’re sobbing uncontrollably
  • walk circles around the kitchen and dining room until you to come home
  • Sit 18 hours (or longer) with you in your home office while you’re working for your next paycheck
  • know that you’re hurting

The difficult part of being a “mom” is watching my “fur babies” grow old.  It seems like one day they are playful rascals, and then all of a sudden they are senior citizens.  You find yourself making little adjustments day by day to accommodate their aching joints, give them their “meds”, keep the lights on because their eye-site is going, hold them a little closer . . .

And then, somehow, they let you know.  Their eyes lock with yours and they “speak wordlessly” and let you know “it’s ok; I know you love me.  You gave me a wonderful ‘forever’ home”.  They help you make the difficult, heart-wrenching decision that “it’s time”.

So Yogi, Aries, Roxy, Rhiannon, Princess, Spot, Corley, Angus, Dolly . . . all welcome a new angel to heaven – little Zoe.

“Bea Positive” that providing a loving “forever home” and the too-short years were worth the pain . . . and most likely will do it again.

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Say It With Flowers

How can one not smile when surrounded by flowers?  I have flowers in our garden, in my photography and our home décor.  Flowers always look like they are smiling and happy, don’t they? . . . so colorful, beautiful and unique. 

Tulips are one of my favorites.  When I look at tulips I see:

  • Optimism:  flowers are always looking upward
  • Love:  petals are shaped like a “big hug”
  • Spring:  a season when trees bud, flowers bloom, warmth

For Mother’s Day, I received a beautiful bouquet wishing me “Happy Mother’s Day”!  There were two-dozen tulips ready to brighten my day – cream, pink, purple and yellow.  The reason this bouquet was so special is because I have no biological children!  And yet, I was surprised but blessed with a beautiful “Mother’s Day” remembrance.

Did you know that tulip colors have a significant meaning?

  • Cream means “I will love you forever”
  • Pink symbolizes affection and caring
  • Purple is associated with spring and wealth
  • Yellow means “sunshine in your smile”

Thank you and love to my two favorite CATs and T-squared for making Mother’s Day so extraordinary.  Whether you know it or not, what you “said with flowers” said a bunch!Mothers Day tulips

Have a great week and remember to “Bea Positive” . . . you never know when you’ll receive a surprise blessing!

 

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