Confessions is an avatar of wit and style, so we’re extremely pleased to be in such excellent company. Our good friend and companion honoree Rockin’ The Purple is always essential wonderful reading and these days we’re especially appreciative, in light of the tough times she’s been through lately.
Rather than tackle the grueling list of qualifying questions for this Award, we’d rather answer Confession’s question about how we have accomplished our progress in welcoming new brother Fang into the household. We’d like to think of this as a public service. Plus we couldn’t possibly top Confession’s wit – and plus we’re trying to conserve our question-answering strength for the bar exam later in the summer, in case Bean’s judge wins his election and gets elevated to the appellate court. (Paws crossed everybody and if you live inand neighboring counties, Arkansas, you need to vote for the man. Not the woman. The man.)
So here’s the secret of our progress so far.
But stay. First, not to get too carried away with this peace love and flowers thing. Bean just found a hank of Fang’s hair that looked like it had been sliced off with a razor. The fights can still be epic. They’re less frequent – but they’re still intense.
Now the secret.
♠ Fang’s just a year or so younger than Bugs. So the interest-level between the two boys is comparable.
♠ We really took our time with the introduction. Jackson Galaxy’s directions were essential and we tried to follow them to the letter. For those of you who haven’t been following the saga, scroll back in this blog to here and read in amazement.
♠ We think Jackson’s floral essences helped also. We used “Safe Space” for Fangie and “Peacemaker” or “Stress-Stopper” for Bugs.
♠ Teresa and her Tellington Touch work with Bugs. Bean is sure he’s a much more mature and mellow guy thanks to the connection we’ve established with that work. And Bean’s own interpretation of that work, through her FELDENKRAIS® education.
♠ Bean’s heeding all your advice about not freaking out, about how the fights are a necessary element of establishing territory and hierarchy.
♠ Particularly Kim’s advice about the fights – that Bean needed to take Bugs’s side every time, and praise him for defending his homeplace. (And Bean sneaking in some aid and comfort to Fang when Bugs wasn’t looking.)
♠ Another factor was Bean’s (rather scary) un- or under-employment. The up-side of this was that Bean had time and on-the-spot presence to be able to mediate where absolutely necessary.
♥ Another factor may have been the Bean’s love for both boys to the absolute utmost capacity of the human heart in question. ♥
♠ And doubtless the most decisive factor: The excellent boys themselves.
They are the stars of this show.