Tag Archives: love

our last day.

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we spent our last day together

glenn frey the cat, not the rocker

olive the cat, not the oil

and me.

glenn has taken a turn for the worse

and is quickly slowing down

resting in his favorite place

with olive refusing to leave his side

the three of us

sit in the quiet

just breathing

looking out at the signs

of the seasons changing

taking in the breezes.

i think back to his multiple rescues

his funny, crazy ways

his very loud voice

how i often spelled his name wrong

how he acted tough at first

but was really such a gentle giant

how he tried to camouflage himself in the vines and flowers

how he welcomed another rescue, tiny olive

into our little family.

in the morning

there will be

just two of us left

when we return to this room

as we say farewell

to our sweet friend, glenn frey.

even the flowers are sad.

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animal instincts.

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when glenn had to go through painful surgery

and was at last home again

tiny sweet olive

approached him gently

touched her head to his

let him eat their favorite food first

and moved quietly

next to him

at his special place by the window

just lying there

in silence

for hours on end

while he recovered

offering him

the quiet comfort

of their tender friendship.

“besides love and sympathy,

animals exhibit other qualities

connected with the social instincts

which in us would be called moral.”

― charles darwin

everyone should have a chance to be a kid.

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Solving Kids’ Cancer’s Junior Ambassadors are a group of 6-16 year olds whose philanthropic efforts help create new and more effective treatments for children with the most challenging childhood cancers. They deserve to be in the spotlight for their commitments and passions to bring change to the childhood cancer community. Throughout the month of April, we are proud to introduce you all to this inspirational group of future leaders.

Meet Jr. Ambassador, Finn Kennedy. (My niece, who never had the chance to meet her brother/my nephew, Hazen, who passed away from pediatric cancer before she was born.)

What do you want to do when you grow up?
” I want to be a lawyer because the world needs good lawyers.”

Why did you decide to become a Jr. Ambassador for Solving Kids’ Cancer?
“Because I feel like everyone should have a chance to be a kid, have fun and change the world and I want to help sick kids to have that.”

What do you want your efforts to do?
” I want this money to go to researchers who try to invent medicines using expensive technology.”

What do you think we can all do for children that are fighting cancer?
” We can encourage them to stay happy. We should work hard and do our best to let people know that there are children who really need help.”

https://solvingkidscancer.org

“the measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation.”

-corrie ten boom

 

“old dogs care about you, even when you make mistakes.” -tom t. hall

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i really enjoyed a relaxed game night with

a group of long-time friends

a couple of grandies

and

a few old dogs

just like most of us there

the old dogs

have lived full lives

one is lame

one is deaf

one is blind

 all have their challenges

and one thing in common

they love being with the people they love.

“old dogs can be a regal sight.

their exuberance settles over the years into a seasoned nobility,

their routines become as locked into yours

as the quietest and kindest of marriages.

-gail caldwell

image credit: pinterest.co.uk, steiff dog on wheels, brown and black mohair

 

my life as a zucchini.

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there is so much strength and emotion 

packed into this 70 minute little film

i am left not knowing exactly what to say.

directed by claude bars

a joint swiss/french

stop-motion animation creation

later re-voiced in english

with unforgettable characters

so tiny

yet larger than life

 their huge eyes

mirror their huge troubles, emotions, lives

 their fight for survival

and their desperate search to find a way

to open their wounded hearts once again.

it is a testament to the resilience of the human heart

and the power of love and friendship in the face of adversity.

(French: Ma vie de Courgette; also titled My Life as a Zucchini), was screened in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. This is the second adaptation of Gilles Paris’ 2002 novel Autobiographie d’une Courgette, as there was a French live-action television film adaptation called C’est mieux la vie quand on est grand which aired in 2007. The film was nominated for the Best Animated Feature Film at the 89th Academy Awards but lost to Zootopia. It was also selected as the Swiss entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards, making the December shortlist.

 “the empty swing set reminds us of this–


that bad won’t be bad forever,

and what is good can sometimes last 
a long, long time.
”

-jacqueline woodson

 

 

note: while this film is animated, it may be too emotional and scary for young children to experience, due to some of the characters and issues addressed within.

credits: universal studios, wikipedia, cannes film festival