Are you planning a boating adventure for your family? Do you wish to make it a huge success and turn it into an experience of a lifetime? You might have already made some plans as to how you will make it a wonderful trip.
I was a part time caregiver for my dad. He had dementia. My siblings and I took turns on the weekends caring for him, and during the week we had help from a wonderful agency. It was always his wish to stay in his home. We were very fortunate to make that happen for him.
Anyone who gets to know me knows that I LOVE tattoos. My entire body is essentially already mapped out in my mind, as to what I plan on getting next. I've been blessed to meet some great artists throughout my life who continue to grow in talent and character. Outside of being home with my wife and children, getting to hang out in a tattoo shop is my second place of zen. The sounds, scents, and conversations within just make me feel at peace. Some of my ink is for fun while other pieces have certain meanings that connect me to some rather important moments in my life. This is the tale of one of my more meaningful tattoos.
As Pride Month comes to an end, it is important to remember that queer pride should not just be reserved for one month of the year. LGBTQ+ pride needs to be 24/7, 365 days a year. The acceptance of queer and trans youth is especially important in the home and between family. For some parents, the thought of having an LGBTQ+ child may be difficult to understand, for others, it never even comes to mind until their child comes out. The fact is that queer and trans youth that are accepted by their families are much less likely to commit suicide, or suffer with depression surrounding their sexuality or gender identity. In general, acceptance increases thehappiness in the home, and in the child.
August 2, 2004 was the day he finally decided to take me back to my mother.
I knew it was because he kept on getting told to do so by his mother, my grandma. He wanted a reason to stay there, payment free. He used me as the reason. My father never really kept a place for himself; the family and my mother knew it was because of addiction. The night of August second was something I couldn't get out of my memory even if I wanted to...
The decision to get a dog or have a baby should be discussed before you get married. There are some people who think having a dog is just too much work with the feeding, walking, and not to mention the expenses. Those very people might have the same feelings when it comes to having a baby. They don't want to be bogged down with the responsibilities that children require, or be constricted in their lifestyle. The idea of having children or dogs can be a deal breaker for some. You need to get it out in conversation so your view is known ahead of time. You don't want surprises after you're married.
Finding the perfect gift for a brother or sister can be a challenging task. Let’s face it; sibling relationships can be complicated, and they oftentimes go through a series of highs and lows. It’s this complicated family dynamic that can make gift shopping for siblings a headache. After countless holidays and birthdays each year, many people find themselves at a loss when their brother or sister’s big day comes around.
It took me days to gather the strength to write this. Your words took me by surprise.
I do not think it's fair to expect me come back, when all you do is believe my choices are mistakes. It's not easy to live without you. I miss you, everyday. Believe me, it's hard for me that this has separated us. I respect your decision, but do not make me feel bad about mine. No one is perfect, and your decision is not somehow superior. You claim your hands are tied in this manner… that there is nothing you can do.
Before I begin writing this—I want to say that these are only my personal views on today's world. These are my opinions and just that, but a huge part of me feels this needs to be heard. I am a first time Mom, and a young one at that, whether this changes how you view this piece... I'll let you decide.