week, we were less enthusiastic about his being there. (Sis
even told him to “shut up!” when he yapped in the middle of
By the third
week, Benji was Mom’s dog. She fed him, bathed him, and
cleaned his poo poo fifty times a day.
One night four
years later, Mom heard Sis and me whispering. I was saying,
“You better clean up Benji’s mess.” Sis answered, “ It’s my
year not to see it. You didn’t see it last year.”
the family together and said, “ I thought all of you should
know that we are going to be in the Guinness Book of World
room carpet is now one large, continuous wall-to-wall stain.
The bottom line is, I am getting a new carpet and Benji
goes. Please, I don’t want anyone to say anything until I am
finished, “ she continued.
“Try to see
Benji as I see him – a twenty-eight-year – old man in a
shaggy fur coat who watches television for six hours every
evening and never leaves the room for a commercial, if you
get my drift,” she patiently explained.
nothing of nature. The nearest park is like a hundred stones
away. He has never seen another dog. The closest animal that
he has come across is probably the cats in the neighborhood.
That’s only when I got the time to drag him out for a short
walk, once a month.”
“I have tried
everything, including sawing a hole in our door for him to
come in and out when he needs to do his ‘business’. Benji is
The ten year
old me then remembered mom as the selfish mother who put
carpet before compassion.
Now, taking a
trip down memory lane. I’ve learned two things about mom.
First she was the living example of patience with our
family. Second, she was the very first animal activist that
I’ve met. It was more humane to let Benji go, where he can
be who he is, than for him carry on languishing in our home.
This is one of
the many sacrifices that my mom has made. Not the most
touching but it is one of the lessons that mom showed us
throughout her life. What about yours?
discounted her little sacrifices that she has made? Would
you make it up to her this coming Mother’s Day?
Take the cue
from her when you were young. Pretty gifts and luxuries that
she says ‘No” to, but would love to own and experience. If
every good boy deserves a puppy, then doesn’t every good mum
deserves something special, especially on her special day?
difference today this Mother’s Day!
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