1. It wasn’t the greatest. My mother had me when she was 17 and still in school. As a result, my grandparents watched me whenever she wasn’t able to do so, and as time passed, that happened more and more often. They actually ended up raising me but still encouraged a relationship with her. Looking back, I’m convinced that did a lot more harm than good. She just wasn’t ready to be a mother so young; she was the sort who was very social and loved to party and needed to be part of the in-crowd. When she was finally ready for children, she went on to have a replacement kid — a “do-over”, someone once described it — who, to this day, is by far the favorite child. My mother and I are not close at all, and I still have a lot of lingering issues I’ve needed to work through over the years because of it.
2. My parents have two sets of kids. They raised my older brother and I when they were teenagers and had my little brother and sister toward their 30/40s.
Growing up my parents had no money or family support. We didn’t have many toys, we ate simply and the presents we got were necessities wrapped up nicely. What they did have was time and energy and we were rich quality time.
Now my parents are much better off having finished school and established themselves professionally . My (20 years younger) siblings are drowning in toys and camps, playgroups and activities…but my parents are tired. I took for granted how much time and energy my parents had to simply play and engage with me as a kid. I can’t help but see the activities as a way to get the little ones out of the house and the toys as an apology for being burnt out.
I have a great relationship with my parents. I like them as people and enjoy their company. It was (and is) odd to watch them become adults, settle into themselves and their lives. It did set me apart from other kids growing up and of course other parents and teachers whispered. I put effort into living well to spite them. My parents sweat blood to make sure siblings and I have what we need, and we do. Occasionally we joke about about being neighbours in an old folks home and racing walkers down the hallways.
Thinking her dog was lost for two months, they are finally reunited!
Shout out to all the grandpas and grandmas who never say no.
“I’m just here following my dreams.”
This Dog Walks 4 Miles To Town Everyday Just To Say Hi To Everyone – Caveman Circus
What Your Girlfriend Wants You to Wear – Cool Material
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What Your Poop Can Tell You About Your Diet And Your Health – Quirly Cues
What Kind of Dog Should I Get? – Dogster
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Somehow a human escaped a ridiculous parking garage predicament completely intact – Rare
Ten Reasons Croatia Should Be Your Next Vacation Destination – Radass
Emily Ratajkowski in a super sexy dress – G-Celeb
Brutally Honest Comics About Adulthood – Leenks
4 Secrets to Getting Through Difficult Situations (and Really Bad Days) – Marc And Angel
Alexis Arquette Dies at 47 – OMG Blog
See Rosie the Riveter at 95! – Evil Beet Gossip
North Korea bans sarcasm because Kim Jong-un fears people only agree with him ‘ironically’ – The Blemish
Sexy Star Wars Cosplay – Gunaxin
How To Learn In 2 Days What Normally Takes 6 Months – Medium
One amazing cat, in Russia, who lost his ability to walk on his hind legs is now helping sick animals.
Lyutsik fell out of a window and damaged his spine, and his back legs were paralyzed. He was just a kitten and was taken to an animal clinic in Perm, Russia. After recovering from his accident, Lyutsik devoted his life to helping other animals at the clinic.
Celebrating her 37th birthday, psychologist Dawn Gluskin ponders what life has taught her so far:
‘As I look back over my Iife, I realize how each stage has had a significant impact on where I stand right now. Despite the rough patches, I love it all. Now into my thirties, I’ve discovered what matters most in life.
Here are my top 37 life lessons so far. I’d like to share these with you, and hope you find the kind of inspiration in them that I do.
- Happiness comes from within. We spend way too much of our lives looking for outside validation and approval that eludes us. Turns out, it’s been an inside job all along. Go inward.
- Be grateful for everything. The good, the bad, the ugly. Our entire life is a precious gift. The pleasure, the pain — it’s all part of our path.
- Subtle shifts in perception will transform your entire life. When feeling fearful, angry, hurt, simply choose to see a situation differently.
- In being true to yourself, you can’t possibly make everybody else happy. Still, it’s better to risk being disliked for living your truth than to be loved for what you are pretending to be.
- The world is our mirror. What we love in others is a reflection of what we love about ourselves. What upsets us about others is a strong indication of what we need to look at more closely within ourselves.
A Few Photos To Remind You That Life Is Beautiful – Caveman Circus
10 tips to master the art of reverse psychology – Linkiest
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The Shape Of Your Butt Can Tell You A Lot About Your Overall Health – Quirly Cues
We Say Goodbye to Bonsai the Half Bulldog – Dogster
Teen Has Made Almost $65K Naming Chinese Babies – Newser
Robin Williams shared some career advice to his daughter Zelda that we should all listen to – Rare
Great Dane Acts Like a Human After Trashing Owners Living Room – Radass
Celebs Share Pics of Their Kids First Day! – Evil Beet Gossip
Cat Survived Flooding In Floating Basin, Saved By Rescuers – Leenks
WATCH: BBC Radio 1 hangs out at Justin Bieber’s house – OMG Blog
Legend Models Battle: Christie Brinkley vs. Cindy Crawford – G-Celeb
Hero Dogs Of 9/11 Honored In Beautiful Photo Series – Pup Journals
China Just Unveiled Something That Is Making Everyone’s Jaw Hit The Floor. This Is Unreal – Slip Talk
Yoga Teacher Who Let Kids Fondle and Lick Her Breasts Says She Was Drugged – The Blemish
Hot girls laying in the sand is pretty worthwhile (30 Photos) – Bad Sentinel
Manny Pacquiao: I Made a ‘Mistake’ by Comparing Gays to Animals But I Still Believe What it Says in Leviticus – Towleroad