Oh, Cletus…

Okay, so Cleuts didn’t work out so well. He was loving (to me and Maggie) and lazy, but what I really wanted was a buddy for Phillip Marlowe, and that was NOT happening. I’m sure I should have known better and all of that, but on first visit they really liked one another. It’s like dating, I suppose. You just never know.

So, in order to soothe Magnolia, I ended up sleeping in her bed. I slept really well actually, and I think she did too. Of course there were tears, but it’s moments like this that make me proud of my kids for being strong of heart and recognizing that we are a family. Even though Cletus was perfect for Maggie and me, he wasn’t right for Eleanor and Josh and Phillip Marlowe. I have a special place in my heart for bravery and sacrifice, I suppose. And I love it when I see it in my kids. So, the house has gone back to being a much more peaceful place. I think Cletus’s new home will be just right.

And this is just in time for me to get the kids started in their new schools, and start my new job.

I started this blog nearly a year ago now with the theme of beginnings. I always nod my head a little when I think about all the starting-overs that this little family has endured. We can’t seem to help it. And even though it’s hard, I rather like it that way.

Published by jody sparks

Jody Sparks Mugele spent her first career in marketing writing and leading teams of writers and editors. After her son came out as transgender in 2015, she dedicated herself to advocating for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. For two years, she led the Indianapolis regional chapter of PFLAG, a nationally renowned LGBTQ+ advocacy group. She has given many conference talks about parenting trans kids, healthcare in the trans community, and suicidality among LGBTQ+ youth. And with GenderNexus, an Indianapolis-based advocacy organization, she created programming and led support groups to work with parents to help their children through all aspects of gender transition. She recently moved to Northeast Georgia where she is excited to develop opportunities to continue to strongly and proudly advocate for LGBTQ+ members of our society. She also LOVES kitschy Christmas crafting!

6 thoughts on “Oh, Cletus…

  1. Isn’t it better to continuously start over than to experience the same thing day after day? Scary and heartbreaking though it may be, I suppose that’s where life is.

    1. Jan, I gave Cletus to a single guy who’s just graduated college and is starting out on his own. The dog was very timid of him at first, but the guy worked with him so gently and patiently that it was actually very sweet.

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