Two ideas from my own life:
The love hating relationship.
My wife’s mother has just passed away and although my relationship with her was very stormy the news of her death hit me harder than I ever expected. How can the emotions of hate and love get so mixed up? My mother-in-law was a very intelligent woman and just before she died I visited her in a Care Home, I had not seen her for almost a year, she appeared to recognize me but couldn’t speak and I had the strong impression she was very pleased to see me. I believe she tried to say something to me and I tried to assure her that I understood her efforts. My mother-in-law harmed her own family as a result of her selfishness and eating disorder; she was a snob and very foolish. Yet when I saw what she done to herself through self-neglect and self-pity, I felt very sorry for her and able to forgive her. Perhaps that was what she was trying to communicate.
Our new Dog.
We have adopted a new Dog from Battersea Dog’s Home. She was “Gifted” to the home from a Breeder. Her she clearly had a bad time of it as a younger dog and at the age of 4 when she was passed her best commercial puppy bearing age she was “Gifted”. She has begun a new life with us, she is discovering life as a loved pet and we are discovering a dog finding her confidence, and her personality.