It drives me crazy. If she was constantly pulling away from me because I'm too slow I would understand...but she gets there and keeps the pace. From my corrections, pulling her back into place with my heel, stopping and waiting for her to return to the right position before we move forward again...and being consistent about it...I can't think how I could be any clearer about what I want. And yet I would expect her to say "I understand what you want but why can't you understand that I need to be there...it's right for me to be there six inches ahead of what you ridiculously try to insist on." And then in unison we'd say "after eight years together I would have thought you'd give in." I love to see your take on that in your story.
I think I missed that one. Yours was much more feelings based than the conversation I'd imagine with Becky. The feelings would come through though. I think I've got a pretty good handle on her favorite things though I'd want confirmations. I'd love to know why she insists on walking about six inches ahead of where she's supposed to be. I'm sure she'd want to know why I insist on her walking six inches behind where she's supposed to be. I'm sure conversations would be revealing but the main themes of acceptance in love require no words to express.
I love the idea of a fantasy story with dogs that can understand humans. With your creativity and sense of humor there's a lot of potential there. I've long felt that it would be great to have 24 hours where Becky had the gift of speech and we could just talk.
Ooooh, a Kalahar classic with Goggies taking a larger role? Sign me up! I suppose the felines aren't going to take kindly to sharing the spotlight...particularly with a dog. Speaking as a prejudiced goggie person I'd say the good news is the difference between a miffed kitteh and a regular cat isn't all that much given their stereotypical aloofness...with apologies to all the amazing cats that are exceptions to the rule.
It's a shame that you don't get more feedback on your writing, because it's all terrific. Not only are you skilled in a variety of genres, you can make me laugh one minute and cry the next. I remember you saying that you had personal experience with dementia, but I didn't remember it was your mom. I'm so sorry. It must be very painful for you. Thank you for sharing the poem with me. My mother would have loved it, and I'm sure yours would have, too. I'm not a hundred percent in my beliefs but I would like to think that we go on somehow. My husband saw two of our dear departed cats during his last days, and I want to believe they are all at the Bridge together, wherever it may be. Extra hugs to you.
Just wanted to let you know i always look forward to your Tails stories and do read tehm - i'm just not much of a commenter. Please know there are many of us 'lurking' out htere and smiling as we read of Weegee's halloween emulation of daddy or a nip-enfested crafting session! **Hugs** kris
I loved the crafting cats! Your column painted a vivid mental image of the "ladies" being overcome by the fabulous nip, especially the hostess. On a very different note, I found your Thanksgiving poem deeply moving. You presented a point of view very different from the typical Thanksgiving story. It's a way of looking at the world that more humans should emulate. Finally, my mother believed in reincarnation and had vivid past-life memories too. She also had current-life memories from when she was only 20 months old. Maybe a good memory is more flexible than we know. Thanks for the links, and hugs to you and yours.
LOLCat FP congrats! SpiderKit i very cute and that makes up for everything :) I really enjoy fantasy and I think it would be fun to write as you can build a whole other world. Possibilities are limitless. Oh double yay on the payoff - I bet that is such a relief. I think a lot of people have sleep apnea and don't even realize it and so glad it is working so well for you. Also glad to see you have put profle info back in. You should put in the link to your blog. which I am continually forgetting nd this time I ED the link in convo between you and P2 and this time I bookmarked it :) "Empty" is a beautfu poem. Bryan and I in our travels often drive along along old not well traveled roads and see those empty houses (which I love to photograph) and wonder about the lives lived there. I love to take pics of old abandoned cars randomly left in fields. I used a pic of one to write a poe. Not sure if you saw it. http://cheezburger.com/8022282496
I loved "Weegee’s Halloween Costume"! Your conversations sound totally natural, Weegee's snatch of poetry is lovely, and her costume choice is brilliant. Can't believe I didn't see it coming! Thanks and hugs for sharing, and looking forward to next week's column.