Albus Dumbledog sits on a rock, a misty, cloudy sky behind him. He looks happy, with himself and the world. And why not, after all his humans just called him a good boy!
Oh, the power of validation! I've written before about how important it is to feel connected, part of a web of community. Think how kids seek attention: even being told off is better than being ignored. And how much better to be accepted and valued!
Of course, I now also have Alanis Morissette's Perfect running round my head ;)
That song makes me sad, though, highlighting as it does how some people are conditional in their love. There's a line: "Be a good boy, try a little harder, you've got to measure up, and make me prouder." I believe my Dear One and I generally avoid that kind of attitude. Today, Big Boy's physio and occupational therapist are coming for a home visit, and I think we'll all be telling him what a good boy he is :D Hopefully, they will also recognise our arguments about why we still need some of the equipment they provide for him, even if he doesn't use it at school anymore... Dang cuts!
I am grateful for giving and receiving love.