Monday, July 8, 2013

When Worry Overcomes Wags

Grandpa and Dachshund Daddy say it would be really good for Mom to STOP WORRYING. I agree.

Mom is very good at worrying wowwying. (For those who know I pronounce my "r's" as "w's," you'll know that I pronounce "worry" as "wowwy.")

Mom thinks that everything might go to hell in a hand basket if she stops wowwying. Yes, it's all about being present, living now, and not being freaked out. Life unfolds. And, really, Mom is grateful that after some tough and humbling years, life feels settled and rather lovely.

So what if she struggles to speak Italian in southern Switzerland and needs her husband's help? So what if some of her choices seem whackadoo in retrospect? So what if she cannot start the chainsaw on her own in Idaho and needs Grandpa's help? So what if the latest skirt she bought on the Internet makes her look as if she is a bathtub?

Mom feels lucky and blessed. "You're a big part of that, Toots," she says. (A wag; a wag!) And yet, she keeps wowwying.

My questions, dear readers: Do you wowwy? What helps you to stop wowwying? Mom has tried lots of different approaches. Do you have any helpful tips?

Thanks for sharing!



  1. To your Mom,

    I live in Italy I have difficulties speaking Italian too (I'm a Italian American). People do seem to understand me, but man it is so fustrating not being able to communicate freely with other people! I also worry all the time especially about how I speak.

  2. Worry is a life stealer. Every minute of worry is draining. I worry too, though, sometimes. It helps when I tell my Hunny, or my best friend, about my worries. Getting it out of my head, out of my mouth, is very freeing. See? Like writing it down for all your friends to see ...

  3. Tootsie, I have noticed that Gail worries a lot about her parents and whether she is doing enough for them. I try to tell her she can only do the best she can, and I like to remind her that she almost always feels better if she takes me for nice long walks in the countryside!
    Toodle pip!

  4. Sowwy Toots, I am stuck with a long line of wowwiers! If I knew what to do to help I sure would! Love Dolly

  5. Hi Tootsie,

    My advice would be for her to try and think like a dog and I'm sure she'd worry less, if she's feeling stressed, petting you some more is a great stress reliever....

    Big wags

    Your pal Snoopy :)

  6. Christa taking dictation from BrunoJuly 10, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Walkies, pets and cuddles cure all...

  7. I am not a big worrier but my little brother is. He worries so muck sometimes it makes him physically sick. He has relaxed as he has gotten older and worries less. I am not sure what helped him but from an outsider's perspective it seemed to have something to do with him knowing who he is and where he is going in life.


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