Children will do anything to get attention. ANYTHING. They will be good, they will be bad. Attention is attention in a kids world. I have discovered it is the same with dogs. Let me back up here just a bit...
In December, my brother moved in with me. Now, I LOVE my brother, but he is living in my basement which is also my office. He has been kind enough to offer me to have my space whenever I need it, but I want to be respectful of him and let him have a space in our home to call his, while he awaits his move in date in the middle of March (PLUS, Brother, if you ever read this, it smells like boy down there).. Now I am doing my work in the main part of our house and have TONS of interruptions every day (not just from having someone else live in the house that is not currently working, but by my daughter who is taking online course, and mainly by my dogs.
This has been a big test on my patience, and also my job. It is difficult to explain, but I seriously need multiple hours of quiet in order to get serious work done. That means, UNINTERRUPTED, no one talks to me, no one asks me to do things, looks over my shoulders while I work on my computer in the kitchen, no one asks me to drive them places, and nobody gets in my way :)
My brain flourishes on peace and being able to get in my zone. There is nothing harder for me than to be right in the middle of something and then be interrupted because I have to go and do something for someone else. EVEN as simple as letting my dogs out because I have to shut the door that gives them access to the doggy door because it is SO COLD!!!
I ask myself, why am I on a rant? Well, because this is the only place for me to really do that at this moment. What does this have to do with my dogs and the lessons I learn from them? Hmmmm........
1. Sometimes I need to throw a "barking" tantrum in order to get attention that gives me the desired outcome I want (alone time, which I know is NOT what my dogs want).
2. Sometimes I wish life were as simple as looking for the ray of sunshine just to lie down in and relax.
Number 2 makes me wonder why it cannot be. Well, because of my nature, I aim to please and with that aim gives me great stress. I try and relax about it, but man it is hard!!
I am thankful for my family. I am thankful I have 3 beautiful, amazing, and healthy children. I am thankful for my loving, supportive, handsome, and "everything I could ask for", husband. I am thankful we have the means and patience to help my brother with a place to live while he awaits his new location. I am thankful that when I do sit down and relax I am instantly greeted by my 2 favorite wiener dogs who burrow under the blanket on either side of me and just LOVE me for being their warm human mama. I am thankful for so much and I do realize that my need to please has helped shape all the things in life I get to list as being thankful for.