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Ok, in case you did not know, I am in love with my dog! I am spending my spring break with little Norman Alexander on the week that leads to the mark of his first year with me! March 1 is the day when Norm entered my life. I won't break into an ode to my Norm, but suffice it to say, I just adore him! This is probably as close as I will come to being a mom. Don't be sad, the cards just haven't played out that way. I'll admit, I get a little sad sometimes, but this little guy comforts me and helps me focus on all the things in my life that have lined up with the stars.
For one, I had the opportunity to rebuild my life, after a tough personal loss. It has not been easy but as my dear amigos mexicanos say "Hay que echar pa'lante" (you have to push forward). And when I say push, I mean push! Have you ever had to push a friend's broken down car? Well imagine pushing that X 10. We have all been there right?
In the past I had been discouraged from doing many things but getting this guy is one of the best mistakes I have ever made. At the time when I impulsively brought this guy home, I had 2 cats (not to mention 1 regular cat visitor that I feed 2Xdaily). And let's face it, the economy has not been on our side for a while, so did I need another mouth to feed on the tight profesora budget? No. But I did it anyway! I am not encouraging reckless or irresponsible behavior, don't get me wrong. The point of this little story is to encourage anyone who needs it, to do more things for yourself and to take a few more risks. Sound selfish? Maybe, but it has been worth it for me. As we all know, life is not always easy. Sometimes, I still feel like I am pushing a broken down car with all my might. But most times, the car starts running and I jump in and go!

12 comments

anita said...

this is beautifully true and encouraging. i love the first pic of you and "normie"...it says alot. gbless you laura. we indeed have all been there, or are there now. most would not gather from my blog the weight the economy has had in our lives, but that IS my point. at the onset we determined ourselves to positive happy attitudes, to be grateful for life, life together and cherish the little things that get lost when times are better. It works, life is beautful! this blog is part of that!

Surf Girl said...

Norm is beautiful and obviously was meant to be a part of your life. Thank you for this beautiful post!

Gabbi said...

Your little Norman Alexander is adorable dear Laura, as I read your post it felt as if you were describing my George and me. When I adopted my George about 6 years ago I was going through some really tough times too. I'd come home completely depressed and down and I would just see his little kitten self walking around playing with his little toys and my stress and troubles would magically melt away. It's incredible what support and love is given to us through our pets. I'm see them as complete blessings. Many positive thoughts to you and yours... xoxo

N + S said...

Your relationship with Norm is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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Tanna of The Brick Street Bungalow said...

You and Norman are precious. I know you are as good for him as he is for you. A blessing to both, may you always enjoy!

Laura, thank you for stopping by my blog and for sending the e-mail. I so enjoyed your note and seeing your blog!

Blessings to you and Norman Alexander. =)

Hula Girl at Heart said...

So happy that you have your cute little Norman in your life. Sometimes, are dogs can be our best friends (and our children!!!!).

Mimi said...

This is a great post. I think many of us have "been there." you deserve Normie and he deserves you!

Cloudia said...

You are a wonderful person and deserve to have such a beautiful friend. My kitty and I are sending you Aloha ! Hola from the beach at Waikiki . . . .

AndreaLeigh said...

i love this post. i totally get how you feel, and i think there are those who don't "get" why we love our dogs as children. my dogs have been there for me more than my husband or family has. with a husband who deploys to far off places and a family that was 3000 miles away, my dogs were the ones who were there for me every day.

Mama C said...

Yes, you did well when you brought Normie into your home. I remember that first moment I saw your little Normie on that first day when you brought him over to our house. A tiny and shivering little pup with huge brown eyes. And then watching him the next day bounce around on your front lawn like a little jackrabbit. He certainly won me over in a heartbeat. I love watching him play with my kiddos like he is the kid and they are the little pups!

Anyhow, amiga, you mean the world to me, and I am so happy that we get to see you and Normie every day.

Joyce said...

Hey Laura I happened to post a comment today and noticed the pic of you and Norm so I clicked on it and it lead me to this beautiful post. My friend I am not in your shoes nor will I pretend, I just know how my shoes feel. I was unable to have children and even at 51 it still hurts at times, but at least more manageable and with some hard knocks that life decides to toss my way it does make room for a brighter tomorrow. I know the feelings I have for our Kelly girl, she is going on 15 yrs or is already she came to us as a rescue. I suspect our time together is coming up and I will cry like a baby when it does because she has filled a big void in my life just as our other dog, Buddy. Who by the way is probably running his little butt off up in the open fields.

Sending you many hugs.... xoxo

Nicolle said...

Ahhhhh, friend, I'm so glad you gave me this link. Such inspiration here. I loved it!

Norm is a treasure and he's lucky to have you as his mom.

xo