#JusJoJan 2019 – Jan. 18th – Companionship

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In the slideshow above are Cruz and me, Crissy and Zailey, Little Bitty and our brother and sister combo Sadie and Stitchy!

The prompt for today, companionship is really a perfect prompt. Each of us have our own idea of what companionship looks and feels like. Sometimes when we begin our relationships with our husbands, wives, girlfriends or boyfriends they begin based on love, lust, friendship, friends with benefits or even a relationship out of convenience.

I know this because my relationship with my husband Cruz began as friends with benefits in the summer of 1997. We then lost contact with each other for a few years. In January 2001 he had gone through a horrible break up and was not handling it well. After speaking to his priest, who told him he needed to find a friend that he could talk to with no strings attached. So, what did he do, he called information and got my telephone number and called me? We picked up where we never even started.

So, we began dating and then on Valentine’s Day 2001 we made it official that we were a couple. In the beginning it was a relationship of my being spoiled and receiving anything I wanted. Then in September 2001, during my first bad bout with addiction to cocaine, I lost my apartment and had nowhere to go. On October 6th, 2001 Cruz reluctantly let me move in with him and neither one of us knew what the future would hold.

Since then we have gone through many ups and downs along with being the parents of 16 dogs and two cats over the years. We have had a whole lot of tears and a whole lot of laughter over the years. But mostly we have come to truly appreciate the one thing that keeps us sane and that is our COMPANIONSHIP with each other and of course our four-legged babies that have come and crossed over the Rainbow Bridge over the years. Often during some of my more manic episodic times my therapist, psychiatrist and even my doctor asks, “Do you still love each other?” I always say that yes, we do still love each other, and we do still make each other laugh! One thing is for certain, if we can continue to make each other laugh, we will make through anything!

That’s what’s in “My Rattled Cage” thanks for stopping by!!!

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#JusJoJan 2019 – Jan. 18th Prompt

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