Nearly 16 years ago I happened by a pet store while wandering one of the local malls. No idea why but I wandered in to have a look. Long story short, a little face picked me. Two weeks later after much thought Angus came home with me.
My family thought I was joking when I introduced him as mine. But everyone came to love him, how could they not.
Over the years Angus came to school with me.. I had returned to university. Apparently, his favorite class was Italian, but my studio art classes were the place he got to hang around and watch me paint.
Always by my side he cared for me while I slept through 3 and 4 migrain attacks, protected me from strangers who tried to cause me harm, comforted me in times of sorry and made me laugh. It did not matter how bad I thought a day had been, there he was waiting to cheer me up.
Sadly, Angus crossed the rainbow bridge in November and it has taken me some time to speak openly without cracking.
He is desperately missed. I have days when I feel him by my side, and others when I carry him in my heart. Always with me, now and forever. Until we meet again my Handsome Boy.
Sometimes, life hands us a twist that changes of way of being forever. Finding a new way can be a challenge, but, I prefer to look at it as a new journey or adventure.
For me, keeping a positive attitude (or at least trying to) has been my saving grace. I recognize that some of you may be thinking that this mindset is harder to achieve than said. At times, I would agree it absolutely is. Those are the moments and situations that I fight harder to stay away from as they have consumed me all too easily in the past.
The most recent twist.. a heart attack.. literally and physically set me down. My new journey is completely focused on maintaining wellness which includes a healthy dose of laughter.
I am a 62 year old mother of two grown girls who have been my rocks the reason for positive attitude. They were the strength behind me even when I questioned if I could handle any more.
I have been blessed with three grandchildren who make me laugh and give the best hugs. Laughter should not be ignored or avoided... it truly is the best medicine.
The reason behind my focus is to be here on earth, healthy, happy and fit. I want to outlive my parents short 77 years and far beyond. It is all about giggling and aging gracefully, all the way.
I will be sharing information I find along the way that includes tricks and tips to gain and maintain a positive attitude. But more importantly this will be documentation of my life whenever I can journey. Sometimes it will be the sharing of laughing at myself, but mostly about Eema having laughs with Jack, Halen, Jordan..
But now… step one of this journey… first learn the ins and outs of writing and posting for the joy of sharing with others because everyone should learn to be the best version of themselves... even if you do not know what that is....I am still a work in progress.… LATW (laughing all the way- my ode to everything Santa)… it’s going to be great!!
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