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SoCS: Infinity, Time Travel, Doggie Dementia, and the Circle of Life



Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “figure.” Use the word “figure” any way you’d like. Have fun!

Go figure. So many ways to use that word, figure. The first thing I thought of was the figure 8. Turned on its side, it’s the sign for infinity.  ∞  is what it looks like from my symbols icon panel.  I bet I can find a better one. Maybe pixabay has one.  Oh yeah, that was a fun little diversion from the stream.

infinity symbol from pixabay

Infinite possibilities in infinite combinations. Where does that line come from? Star Trek maybe. Sounds like something I might have read in a ST novel. Spock might have said it. Maybe I’ll look it up later. Don’t want to divert again right now.

I’m typing this on Friday morning from my home away from home in the mountains. The snow is coming down steadily as I look out my window to the balcony. It’s amazing that I’m here right now. If I could go back in time to myself in say, 1972 or 2001 which were some of my toughest times and tell myself it’s all going to be okay, better than you could imagine! I would, and I will send that message back. I’m imagining putting my arms around that lonely confused teenager and the lonely confused divorced woman many years after that and telling them, “It’s going to be okay. Better than you can even imagine! But you’re going to go through some stuff. It’s not going to be easy, but you can do it. You are strong.”

Wow, I didn’t know that was going to come out.

If you could go back in time to any point in your life, what would you tell yourself?

I’m writing this Friday morning because by grand daughter will be here this afternoon and we’re going to have a sleep over. It’s going to be wild and crazy, but also cozy with bedtimes stories. My grand dog is coming too so my son and his wife can have an out of town date night.

We brought Mary Moo with us. She’s sleeping and it’s 10:19. She’s two months from being 18 and has had some rough nights. Don’t know how much longer she’ll be with us. I read an article about what if we treat death like birth. Maybe I’ll go find it in a minute. It’s been useful in preparing for the coming death of my little mutt, Mary who is the last of our five pack. Taking care of Mary, who is deaf, mostly blind, demented, and has accidents, is like taking care of a baby. We just accept it. That has helped.

Mary Moo doesn’t make figure 8s. She makes circles that get tighter over time. She always circles to the left because of her dementia. Like the circle of life. She’s starting to stir now and I should get her up and take her out for a little walk in the snow with her old wobbly legs and circles to the left.  I’ll be back here after I take her out and see if I can find that article on death and birth.

Well, she’s not quite ready to get up yet. I can understand that.

Here’s the article: What if We Treated Death Like Birth?


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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.
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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!
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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, 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 as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

18 thoughts on “SoCS: Infinity, Time Travel, Doggie Dementia, and the Circle of Life

  1. That time travel question has always defeated me. If I go back to the good times I might know the bad ones that are coming. And why would I choose the bad times?

  2. Loved your post JoAnna… And I have heard tell that people can travel back in time, within their minds, healing their past so their future selves will be healed from all the weight they now carry..
    Love that you are getting your Granddaughter for sleep over mine comes this afternoon for a few hours with my Son… We often paint together when the weather isn’t so good..
    Snow is something we’ve only had a sprinkle of… The birds are already nest building, and spring bulbs are in flower..
    I went to read the article on treating death like birth.. You know on the otherside it is a bit like that.. A celebration of a homecoming… And when we view death differently we will see its far from the end.. Even though its the end within this existence.. Its the beginning of a New Adventure..

    Sending thoughts to your Mary Moo…. She sounds a grand old lady who has given you lots of love over the years and your own love now shows as you nurse her in her final days… A dogs love is unconditional.. And you can see in all you write JoAnna, your own unconditional love that shines through in all you write about…

    Much love your way… Enjoy your time with your granddaughter…. and the snow….
    much love ❤

  3. Good job with this prompt, JoAnna. It’s funny, I went through some tough times, but I always felt things would work out. I’ve given credit for that to my grandmother (I already told that story). Her life was a total mess, and yet she maintained her faith that it would all work out. I still carry that faith with me.

    Dogs are such creatures of habit. But, for all the love they give us, I guess we can accommodate them these little things. I’m about to venture out into 32 degrees an 25 mph wind to take Maddie for the “Saturday walk that must happen” or else that infinite time continuum will be altered in some mysterious way,

  4. If we treat death like birth it’d be amazing. What a comforting thought. We have a survivor relationship team at work that only handles passings. They recently changed their name from SRT to LOLO which stands for loss of loved ones. Doesn’t LOLO roll off the tongue like a term of endearment? A way to treat death differently. Makes me want to work there to help people in their time of need.

    Enjoy the sleepover. Sounds wonderful 😊

    • I love the name, LOLO. What a wonderful team to have at work. The sleepover was fun and we went to the YMCA pool today. I should be catching up on my sleep right now.

  5. Hope to figure out a way to avoid virus news depression. Your blog helps. Thanks

  6. I also associate the figure 8 with the infinity sign. We humans tend to separate death and birth, but they’re both part of the infinite cycle of life on Earth. This morning, as I lay in bed before getting up, I reflected on the fact that our human bodies already come armed with microbiome for decomposing our dead bodies and returning their chemical remains to the earth.

  7. Awwww … big hugs for Mary Moo. I’ve been there and done that so many times, and it’s never easy, but … they just add so much to our lives that we keep doing it over and over again. Seriously … hugs for Mary Moo, and for you, as well.

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