Writer’s Workshop: Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?

This is really kind of sad, because we’ve made up our minds to send one of our cats, Bucky, to the Rainbow Bridge today. He’s been ill but still walking around for the last few months, and we’ve delayed the decision to part ways with him as long as we can, but he’s gotten really bad. Frankly, we haven’t had the heart to do it.

That’s what being an adult is all about, I guess, making painful decisions.

There was an episode of The Big Bang Theory where Sheldon couldn’t decide between two different gaming systems and was losing sleep over it. When it came to decide which to buy, he couldn’t. He was standing in the store arguing with himself, and bless her heart, Amy Farrah Fowler, his girlfriend at the time, just went along with him. Mary would have said, “just buy both of them and let’s go home, you big dummy.” Would that all our decisions were that simple and inconsequential.

For me, it was a matter of which prompt to pick to write about. The official post hasn’t come out yet identifying the choices we have, so I just guessed on this one. But even then, it was like “so, I’ve picked the one about using a line from a song as the title for the post, now I just have to figure out which song it is.” And I couldn’t decide which song, mostly because I drew a complete blank on song lyrics. Finally I landed on this one.

27 thoughts on “Writer’s Workshop: Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?

  1. Aw, John and Mary, I’m sad for you, and Bucky. It’s so hard to say goodbye to our furry friends, even when we know it is the best thing for them to help relieve any pain they are in. Hugs to all of you xx

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    1. We could tell he wasn’t enjoying life anymore. It’s rough, but sometimes you have to put on your big boy/girl pants and do the uncomfortable. I’m convinced he’s in a better place now, but I miss him. Thanks.

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  2. Oh no…..this is so hard especially after Christmas. I am very sorry about Bucky and for your grief. I am coming back from the dead….I have been very sick for over a week. Despite your very sad loss I hope your Christmas was good..well, passable. I hope today is not too bad for you and your wife but I know there is an emptiness in your home right now

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    1. We went as long as we could, but he was leaving messes all over the house and hasn’t looked good for a while. Christmas was very good, actually: quiet with a minimum of hoopla, really not too different from just about any other day around here.

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  3. I’m sorry about Bucky. I’ve had to make that decision more than once. It’s never easy, but I don’t stop adopting furbabies. The joy is SO worth the pain. We want to keep them with us always, but a time comes when letting them go is the best, most loving gift we can give. HUGS all around.

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  4. Sorry about Bucky. Your cousin, Bridget, and her family just faced a similar decision with their dog, Joe. Member of the family circle for a long time. Day after Christmas they decided it was time to say goodbye. Tough but correct decision!

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  5. I’m so sorry about Bucky. “Right” doesn’t make it less painful, but there is real relief that they’re not suffering. Much respect for not wanting to add any more to the clan.

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    1. He’s in a better place now. It’s hard to watch them depart us like this, especially when we know that when the last two go there’ll be no more, but it’s for the best. Thanks.

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