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SoCS: Love, Hate, and Yes, I Like that TV show, Plus: Dogs with Sticks.


Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “stick.” Use it as a noun or a verb; use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

Love is not always easy. To be honest, there are people and things that are hard to love. I admit to saying I hate some things. Maybe I don’t hate any particular person, but I hate it when people are mean and act like bullies. In order to save ourselves, sometimes we have to love people from a distance. Like people who are critical, or talk constantly, know it alls, who might have a good heart somewhere deep down, but after a while they can be toxic.

Back to love. How to stick with love….. I suppose it’s possible to remember that God loves everyone. But God doesn’t hang around with everyone all the time (I’m guessing here.) God can assign angels to hang out with someone. God, please don’t assign me to hang out with a critical know it all who talks all the time, after I die. I try to be good, and that would be hell. Why do I keep going back to that?

Love! I can pray for someone from a distance, even if I want to hit them with a stick. Sticks should never be used for hitting, except in self-defense. Sticks are better for poking things. Gently. But be careful what you poke. Don’t poke a skunk. Don’t poke…

Wait. What was that movie? Oh, it was in a Young Sheldon episode when one of the kids questioned a compliment and Mee Maw said, “Don’t poke at it.” Or maybe she said, “Don’t go pokin at it.” Yes, I like that show. I didn’t watch it for a long time, thinking it would be…. IDK…shall we say, not my cup of tea. But I have discovered it’s funny and comforting. Mee Maw (played by Annie Potts) is Sheldon’s grandma. She’s usually sassy, but not always. I wish I could be a little more like that sometimes, even though some things she says might not be aren’t very loving to her son in law. (Is she like my alter-ego? Would I even like her in real life?) Anyway, she loves her grandkids, daughter and even, deep down, her son in law. Love always wins.

One time we saw Mee Maw’s human side when she secretly tried to use Sheldon’s new computer and cautiously picked up the mouse like it was a microphone and said, “Hello?”

I couldn’t find that video. But here’s another one that’s typical Mee Maw.

I had zero intention of writing about Mee Maw and Young Sheldon, but that’s where the stream went. I never thought I would like a show like Young Sheldon, but anything is possible. We need a little easy comedy.

I was going to share a video about dogs carrying big sticks. Marley has done that, so there must be a photo.

Marley got him a stick.

Here’s a short video of a smart dog, Theo, figuring it out:

If you really want something, don’t give up. Be like Theo. Keep trying!

FYI, Youtube has lots of video of dogs with big sticks.


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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.

27 thoughts on “SoCS: Love, Hate, and Yes, I Like that TV show, Plus: Dogs with Sticks.

  1. This really hit home for me today. Poke, poke, poke . . . sometimes you just have to move yourself out of poking distance. But too bad when its people who say they love you.

  2. We love watching Young Sheldon and Big Bang Theory all the time. So funny! I’ve also always heard not to poke something with a stick because it will make any situation worse. haha 🙂

  3. We watched Young Sheldon for a while, and thought it was all right, though the Sheldon in that show was nothing at all like the Sheldon that was on The Big Bang Theory. Young Sheldon was a likable kid; adult Sheldon is self-centered and condescending. That said, casting Laurie Metcalf’s daughter as his mother was sheer genius, and Annie Potts is great as his Meemaw.

    Cute doggie video!

    • As young Sheldon gets older, he’s starting to become for like old Sheldon. It helps me to realize the character is likely on the autism spectrum. I tend to watch both shows more for the other characters. Sheldon’s mom reminds me a little of how I used to be. Maybe I’m becoming a little more like Mee Maw. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the dogs!

  4. Yes, I have also found the need to love people from a distance in order to save myself. Some individuals, even those dear to our heart, can be too toxic for our soul. >I’ve never watched Young Sheldon. Mee Maw is quite an engaging character 🙂 >The dog with the big stick eventually found a way to make it across the bridge. I couldn’t help thinking, though, that there are times when we have to let go of our treasured “big stick” in order to save ourselves.

    • Thank you for your insight, Rosaline. That’s a good point that sometimes we need to let go of our big stick to save ourselves or move forward.

  5. Love always wins, even if sometimes we feel like we might hate some things, or have to love from afar. I really like ‘Young Sheldon’, I didn’t know if I would since I never really became a fan of the ‘Big Bang’. My sister-in-law keeps trying to get me to call myself mee-maw. I really like being Grandma Rosie, so I’m ‘sticking’ with that. That’s what all the grandbabies call me anyway. ❤️❤️

    • Young Sheldon is a much more family-oriented show than Big Bang. I like “Grandma Rosie,” too. We grandmothers are, after all, grand. 🙂 ❤

  6. I never watched the Big Bang Theory or Young Sheldon but I loved that dog video 🙂 . And I think you are perfectly fine the way you are. No need for more sassiness xxx

  7. This was a great SoCS post, JoAnna. I enjoyed all of this stream. Our second dog loved sticks, and none were too big. He would take logs out of the wood pile to play with.

  8. A great post full of wisdom and a clever dog what more could I ask for 💜💜

  9. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and videos!.. love comes in many forms and “Just because you feel someone does not love you as much as they should, does not mean they don’t give you all the love they have” (Author Unknown).. 🙂

    Marley and Theo have Mary Kay Ash’s attitude “If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right” (Mary Kay Ash).. 🙂

    Hope all is well in your part of the universe, your path is paved with love and happiness and until we meet again..
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

    • The Mary Kay Ash quote does fit the dogs thinking they can. I had not seen the one about love before – that someone is giving you all the love you have. That’s a thoughtful one. Thank you so much for these thoughts and blessings. Peace to you, Larry.

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