Tell yourself gently

  
{from Sketches in Stillness}

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Our leaders are a joke. But not the funny kind.

Our leaders are a joke. But not the funny kind.

It’s embarrassing to be an Australian today.

It’s embarrassing that the leaders elected by the majority of the people {not I though, I hasten to add} are so out of touch with the majority of the people they supposedly represent.

73% of Australians want Marriage Equality. 73%. Seventy-three percent. With almost 24 million people in Australia, that is a lot of people who want everyone – no matter their sex, or their sexual preference – to be treated as equal.

So what did the Coalition party room {made up of National and Liberal MPs} do? They voted 66 to 33 against having a free vote on Marriage Equality.

Yes, that’s right, 66% of them voted against Marriage Equality. Our leaders are a joke. But not the funny kind.

Someone needs to tell them that the 1950s are over. People need to take action, not just sit back and think to themselves that’s not good enough. You’re only one person? So am I yet I took a couple of minutes and wrote to people who represent the Coalition and told them what I thought of their archaic, backward-thinking position on this basic human right.

Here, Tim Watts MP speaks about his Uncle Derek; and here Tanya Pilbersek MP speaks in support of rainbow families, and same-sex attracted young people. A couple of pieces from supportive, caring leaders. May leaders with those values be our future.

The next election can not come soon enough. It’s time to move forward and celebrate acceptance and LOVE – however that looks from where you’re sitting.

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Wordless Wednesday {I speak dog}

What do you think Beary is trying to tell me?

Wordless Wednesday {I speak dog}

Yep I thought so.

Wordless Wednesday {I speak dog} -

I speak dog.

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Henry comes to visit

Love Bug’s kindy room {the Dolphins} has a friend named Henry.

Henry spends a week with each of the children’s families, living the life of a pre-schooler: having adventures, hanging out at home, playing dress ups, going on car trips, cleaning their teeth and {much to this mumma’s chagrin!} providing the perfect excuse for sleep avoidance at bed time. Oh, the questions!

In a little less than 24 hours, Henry has managed to have quite a bit of fun.

Henry comes to visitNow I have four cheeky monkeys at home! Okay, okay – including me that would be five cheeky monkeys.

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Mumma, you’re a genius

Mumma you are a genius

Love Bug wanted to chat with Apollo while she had her bath. She was in a conundrum as to where he could sit without getting wet. I lifted him from the edge of the bath and popped him over the towel rail. Safe from the bath waves as Love Bug practices her swimming, but close enough for important conversations. Her response?

Mumma, you’re a genius!

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The happiest tail

10 years ago I posed the question: are you my puppy?

A scrap of rescue fluff lept into my arms. At 11 weeks she was all limbs and a bandage on her leg – which would grow to be the scar I have kissed each day to remind her that she is safe.

Happy 10th Gotcha Day my precious pup pal Bella. Thank you for choosing me. Thank you for a decade of unconditional love. Thank you for wagging your tail so fiercely when you see me that your snout wobbles. Thank you for always running to get a toy to present me with when I get home – whether I’ve been gone 5 minutes or much, much longer.

The happiest tail
How incredibly lucky I feel that we are family and that I have had your love for 10 years so far. I am glad for it, and for you, every single day. So are your little brother and sister.

I love you more with each grey fur that sprouts on your snout and you are more beautiful to me with each passing day.

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That’s my girl

I hadn’t planned to post a blog today. Until now.

Love Bug isn’t well so she’s spending another day with grandma {lucky Love Bug – I wish it was me spending the day with her!}. My mumma sent me through a photo of Love Bug’s shopping list. Until now, she has generally drawn pictures on shopping lists, and will write her name too.

Today, she’s written the items on the list.

That's my girl

Dog
Ball
Ball
Poppy Milk {because we don’t drink dairy milk so it’s different to grandma’s milk}
Cupcake

How is that for a list … I’d say her priorities are in the right place.

That’s my girl!

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