Friday, January 21, 2011

A Time of Reflection

Deacon at Angel Paws

Three years ago today, Grand-maw crossed the bridge. Dog Dad is thinking about her and Grand-Paw right now. He remembers Grand-maw's wise words and how much she loved her family. He thinks of the twinkle in Grand-Paw's eyes and Grand-Paw fixing breakfast on Sunday morning. Dad always looked forward to that. As for us we are keeping Dad company

Dad misses talking to them both but he knows they are part of him. They will never really leave him.

One talks he had with Grand-Maw was about raising children. She told him the hardest things to do was to let a child learn from mistakes and allow the child to fail. How there was a need to push the child out of the comfort zone and out of the nest so they could fly. A good parent prevents injury but allow growth. A child learns failure is not the end and will keep trying. Like a flower needs sun and rain; a person needs to know joy and success as well as pain, failure and disappointment in order to grow to their full potential.

Dad has that same philosophy with us. He tries to protect us from grievous injury, but allows us to make little mistakes like learning that we really don't like extra hot chili powder. Confidence is the result of both success and failure. The knowledge to not call failure the end, that obstacles can be overcome and the need to realize you can not fix everything.

From time to time Dog Dad will say "Wisdom is born of pain." Thank you Grand-maw and Grand-paw for all the things you taught Dog Dad and most importantly for allowing him to grow.
Essex & Deacon


Cowspotdog said...

You did indeed have very wise grad-paws. My mom works on the same philosophy too.

Mack said...

Aren't grandpawrents the best? My mom misses her Grandma so much.

Jans Funny Farm said...

They sound like very nice and wise humans. You were lucky to know them.

Lacy said...

w00fs, mama wishes she had listened more to our grandma and grandpa...grandpa was a fantastic gardener and mama and daddy suck at it..and mama wi9shes she had learned to can stuffs from the garden better..its to late now..

b safe,

Dawn said...

Sounds like your Dad is passing on that same wisdom to you guys. He had really special and very smart parents. Odds are that rubbed off on him some too.

Arran, Arthur and Mum said...

You has a very good wise Dad and I can see he got a lot of that from your Grandpawents.
~lickies, Ludo

Oorvi said...

Your GrandPaw and GrandMaw were wise people...and so it Dogdad. The wisdom they left him with will always keep them in his heart.

Wise Wags,

Anonymous said...

Such a wise Grand Maw! :)