Little Miss Gigi
My family got our first dog when I was about 10. From that day forward, I think I’ve only gone a cumulative 6 months without a dog or a cat in my life. If you’re thinking about becoming a dog/cat owner (referred to as pet owner for the purposes of this post) there are many why I’ll always recommend it.
Here are a few things that you’ll be grateful for when you have a pet:
1. They can be your excuse.
When you want to leave early, show up late, or just stay home all together, you’ll always have a reason! “I’ve got to let the dog out” or “The cat has been having this hairball issue” are always relevant excuses that your friends and family won’t question.
My dad loves people and learning about them; he can talk to a millionaire, a drive-thru attendant, or someone on the street with the same authentic interest. My dad is freakin’ smart too; he knows something about almost everything, but he never makes you feel stupid if you have no idea what he’s talking about. My dad and I have had an interesting 30 years together and here are the things I’ve come to love about him:
The way he mixes up words/sayings.
He was once referred to as a raconteur and was devastated. He told us he just couldn’t understand why someone would call him a racketeer! “Once a leopard, always a leopard” is another good one.
He does get one saying right though – “cream always rises to the top (so do good leaders).” He tells me this whenever I’m down on myself or having a tough time. He always thinks I’m the cream, even when I’m actually not.
“Good morning, good morning! How are you this morning? How are you this morning, my baby girl?”
Without the hum of my Mother’s tune I’m sure that this is lost on you, but I promise you that when I sing this song I am transported back to my 10 year old self, being woken up by my sweet Mum.
I don’t even know the last time my Mother thought about herself first. It seems that she is forever focused on helping – shaping the world around her into something better than it was before. My Mum has seen things, lived through things, felt things, and done things that I’m sure she has never shared with anyone and I like that about her.
Here are some things my Mum has taught me:
- Angels, and Mediums, are real
- Write “Mum” in cards that are for your mother (who says “Mom,” anyway?)
- I’m your Mum, not your best friend
- Every now and then, it’s important to have a good cry
- Know when to walk away from a situation
- Quote Pride and Prejudice in regular conversation, whenever possible
- Everything happens for a reason
- Glowsticks take parties to the next level…
- So does Pitbull
all love for the woman who gave me life
She loves fiercely. She swears she’s had enough and always go back for more because she never wants anyone to be left behind, let down, or on their own. To this day, she will bring me soup when I’m sick, encourage my tears when I’m having that good cry, tell me stories, make me laugh, drive me crazy, and on special occasions, express her love. She is powerfully strong and I want to be just like her when I grow up.
I know that there have been times that I’ve taken her for granted – today isn’t one of them. I will always be the luckiest baby girl in the world.
I spent the last night of my 20’s lying on the couch in my robe, eating burnt almond and sea salt dark chocolate and drinking Veuve Clicquot, while watching Bloodline on Netflix with my husband. I told a friend the next morning “if this is 30, sign me up!”
I do realize that 30 can be anxiety provoking though – a more mature friend told me that she went to sleep on the eve of her 30th birthday feeling happy and at peace and awoke on her birthday, in tears, and cried the whole day. I was slightly terrified that this was going to happen to me and am eternally grateful that it didn’t. And so because I am a sentimental sap, this milestone birthday got me thinking about all things that will define this new decade of my life.