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SoCS: Recovery Rap, Peace, and , and Pet Adoption

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Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “wrap/rap.” Linda says to “use one, use both (for bonus points), use ’em any way you’d like. Enjoy!”

I wish I could think of a clever way to write about wrap. And maybe I will before this is over. You never know. Rap is a genre of music I don’t much care for. But there are exceptions. Didn’t Eminem do something good a while back? Let me see…. Something about recovery and getting clean?

“I’m not afraid (I’m not afraid) to take a stand (to take a stand)

Everybody (Everybody) come take my hand (come take my hand)

We’ll walk this road together

Through the storm

Whatever weather

Cold or warm

Letting you know you’re not alone

Holler if you feel like you’ve been down the same road.”

                                                                                                              Eminem

I typed that listening to this YouTube video which seems to have a lot of F words in it, so I just shared the chorus which is less rappy. But it just goes to show you that there’s good stuff in any genre. Everything bad has something good in it, and everything good has some bad in it. Cept for Jesus. I don’t know, that’s just what my stream of consciousness says.

Back to rap. It’s kinda funny that my YouTube debut, and only performance on that venue so far, is where I’m doing rap.  It’s about adopting pets that are homeless instead of buying from a “puppy shop.”  We auditioned and everything, and I was chosen to be one of the rappers, but didn’t know I’d be in the role of Mom until the day I showed up and some other people didn’t show. So it’s about the family going to pick out a dog at the pound, aka, animal control, which is now part of our county sheriff’s department. Anyway, it was fun. I’ll find the video in a minute.

I’m signed up to volunteer at the Humane Society. I did that many years ago and since I only have one dog left who’s 17, I went to donate some dog food and ended up signing up to volunteer which I had been thinking about. While there, the staff person and I discussed the “no kill,” label. She said there really is no such thing since all shelters have to euthanize or transfer some animals who are very sick or not adoptable. To be “no kill” a shelter has to not euthanize more than a certain percentage of the animals they take in.

This is depressing, but sometimes we need to face reality and see how we can do something to make it a little better. Like the climate strike and not using plastic straws and writing to congress. Every little bit helps create ripples. Which reminds me that today is the International Day of Peace. I feel strongly, believe strongly, that we need to have a Department of Peace in the US. It should get just as much funding as the Department of War, or defense, or whatever it’s called.  I could look for a rap song about peace. But I don’t want to, because maybe we need some diversity in this post.

Where do we go from here? Maybe we can go on the Peace Train!

 

And if you want to see me as a rappin’ mom, it’s in this video which was made 8 years ago when I had a different last name. (My friend, Paul is wearing the goofy hat. He’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.)

Happy Peace Day!

Peace Day

To join in the Saturday Stream of Consciousness, or read more streams, visit:

https://lindaghill.com/2019/09/20/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-sept-21-19/

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Christian, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again. I also paint angels.

17 thoughts on “SoCS: Recovery Rap, Peace, and , and Pet Adoption

  1. I’d love to volunteer at our local shelter but I’m afraid it would wear on me. I’d want to bring them all home. Both kids asked to volunteer there over the summer but you have to be 16…I hope they keep that spark.

    • I know what you mean. I’ve heard about staff burnout there. It’s risky to the heart, but I’m going to give it a try. Maybe if I stay in the present moment and don’t ask too many questions….. We’ll see.

    • We did it in Georgia for a while. It was fun for the most part, and we occasionally got to see happy adoption times. Mostly, cat brushing 🙂 I was disturbed by some of the ethics of the director and Sassy was old enough to ask difficult questions about it and not old enough to process the answers. It got worrisome and we ended our service there.

  2. Love it. We adopted a rescued dog on Mother’s Day this year. He is a terrier/spaniel mix we think and has coloring similar to yours, white with tan spots. This is a rap song I could like.

    • Yay for adopting your rescue! The dog in the video was playing a role as I was, but my last two dogs were rescued from that very same pound. My retriever crossed the rainbow bridge a couple of years ago at almost 13, and we have our 17 year old terrier/beagle mix still with us. Enjoy your Mother’s Day rescue!

  3. “It’s cool to adopt!” Love it! Thanks for sharing that 🙂

  4. We have a menagerie of rescue kitties … well, we are actually down to 5 now, but have had as many as 10 at one time. They come with their share of difficulties, both physical (one who had only 3 legs, another who was blind), and emotional (we have one who has been diagnosed with the feline equivalent of autism), but the love they give is … there are no words. I LOVED your video!!! You are an awesome woman!

    • Aw. Thank you, Jill for your sweet compliment and for all those loving rescues! We have two feral cats at church. It was quite and ordeal getting them spayed a few years ago. We found homes for all but Mama and one kitten who’s grown now. They can be very sweet as long as you don’t try to pick them up, so we give them their space, especially the Mama Cat.

  5. JoAnna!!!!!! I myself don’t like rap music – rap and opera … the only 2 genres I don’t enjoy, but I agree, there are a few exceptions to all rules and this/your video was one of them! It was wonderful seeing you in 3D rather than just a profile picture and I LOVE what it was for! How exciting. I also think it’s beautiful that you’re going to be volunteering again.

    I’ve struggled with this a lot over many years. They’ve recently started a “take a pet out to play” program here in my area, where you can literally take a shelter pet out for a few hours to play, and you can do it as often as you like. I saw it and it went right to the same place I’ve continuously contimplated volunteering, and then what always stopped me hit again. My empathic nature is far stronger with animals of all kinds than with near anything else, though it exists with everything and everyone else – but the animals, I can feel their emotions. The only 4 times I’ve ever been in a puppy mill or shelter in my life I was distraught for quite some time. I donate, I advocate, and all of that is good – but I know that time is equally as important and I struggle there. Many years ago in the 90s I went into a puppy mill (didn’t know what it was at the time) to get a Golden Retriever. They had cages from floor to ceiling and side to side, 4 or more cages high. Each were filled with 3-6 month old Goldens and none of the cages were big enough for them to barely stand or turn around in. I was sickened and so … since we were allowed to take out and spend one-on-one time with any of the dogs we were interested in, I literally made them take out every single dog. I had already locked eyes with the one who was to be mine, but having the chance to get each one out of those cages, I took it. They weren’t pleased, I recall that, but the puppies needed it. It’s then that I learned about puppy mills.

    Since then I’ve gotten 2 other dogs from rescues, one rescue actually, and her entire life and lifestyle is dedicated and devoted to dogs, and a few cats and others, scouring the shelters in our counties, at times other states, and will find the old, the sick, the babies, the ones in most need, the ones who are thought to be easily adoptable, and the ones who she knows won’t remain alive there, and she’ll take them all. She’s pretty amazing. With my first I didn’t see the rescue’s premises (she brings many to her own home, but they do have a property house and land for those who either won’t be, can’t be or haven’t yet been adopted) .. i.e. aggression, severe illness, blindness, etc. After my second, I went to the property with her one day for a pit stop she needed to make and I was heartsick. She couldn’t get me back in the car, I wanted to love on every single animal – my heart hurt for days if not months. Not a normal or average disheartened feeling or pain, but a deep routed, unable to shake pain – the empathic pain.

    I fight within myself over this often – so many just need love, even for an hour a day, just some stimulation, some love, some stretching, something, but I then feel angst and a wrench stomach continuously that won’t end. Even one of my old cats (deceased) came from a shelter in AZ when I was 20. We had to wear earphones to walk through the huge shelter as to not hear the ear numbing noise of the animals (cats and dogs). I walked along the hallway, animals to both sides, again I had already locked eyes with that which would be mine, and I was trembling. I never got these images out of my head, none of the 4 times – I’m afraid if I volunteered, I want to take many, if not all, home … and not owning my own home, and it being a condo environment, I’m already 1 animal over the allowed animals (I have 3, 2 rescued street newborn kittens, now 3 years old, and 1 rescued doggy at 9 months – now 5 years). They’ve made an exception for me, and I spend at least a few minutes each and every day thinking I want to rescue another dog for Jozie, she needs a sibling and there’s so many out there … a struggle I can’t escape.

    SO, bless your heart for being able to make that difference, give your time, which is oh so needed and not fall apart like a fetal position infant who was denied their bottle as I do. I’m proud to know you, or of you. ❤ That video is fantastic, adorable, cute and sends a powerful message … and so DO YOU. Much Love & Light. 💖💖💖 Kimberly

    • First I want to say that Jozie is lucky and happy to be with you even without a sibling. Maybe the cats are part of the pack in a way. Thank you so much to your younger self for making them let all the dogs out to visit in the puppy mill. I’ve never seen a puppy mill in person and hope some day soon they no longer exist. I appreciate your support and experience reminding me to be prepared for feelings that might arise. I’m anticipating having to turn down or close off part of my empathy and stay in the present moment so as not to be overwhelmed, especially afterward. We shall see.

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