{ Day 22 } Rommie’s Tricks to Scare Away the Grief Monster – Wag!

Rommie loved to wag her tail at any and everyone.

Now I do not expect you to wag your tail – although if you are following’s 31 Days to a Better Butt series, you may want to wag your tail.                   😉


Rommie wagging her tail and telling me to throw the ball (2009)

I remember one tail wagging incident from a few years ago. It was the day of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Parade. I had just finished my phone call to Mom when I noticed Rommie was missing. All of a sudden I heard her come up the basement steps. She was carrying dirty dish towels in her mouth. It was not unusual for her to go downstairs and bring  up dirty clothes.

On this particular day, with tail held high and wagging, she went out the patio door to the deck, jumped off the deck, paraded around the perimeter of her yard carrying her “treasure”, jumped up on the deck and came back in and plopped down on the living room rug. She looked at me with this proud as a peacock look because she had her own parade.

Needless to say, I was laughing and almost rolling on the floor.

Your Turn To Wag

Now I am not suggesting you parade around your yard with dirty laundry in your mouth.

Instead wave and I am not talking about waving a one finger salute either. Just wave to more people.

Whether you are walking or driving make a conscious effort to wave more. Roll down the window or stick your hand out the sunroof and wave at someone while stopped at the next traffic light.

Wave to the neighbor across the street on your walk around the block. Joe and Rommie use to walk in a nearby development he called “Snobville.” People would not wave back or even say “Hi.” as Rommie and Joe walked by people working in their yards.

Wave and see how good it makes you feel. You will make people wonder who is that crazy person and what are they up to?

Now isn’t that a joyful feeling?  Plus you get a chance to practice your Miss (or Mr.) America wave.

10-10-2011_3by5Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She encourages widows and educates society about grief and life as a widow by sharing her widowhood adventures. A graduate of Kent State University with a degree in communications, she has used her skills in the banking, collections, outdoor products and social media industries. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer. You can see more of photography at, where she is running the series 31 Days of Autumn in Ohio – because running a 31 Day series on one blog is not enough insanity.

6 thoughts on “{ Day 22 } Rommie’s Tricks to Scare Away the Grief Monster – Wag!”

  1. Love this! We have some real Professional Waggers here, from Denali the Happy Husky who uses her tail as a flag, to Pit Bulls who wiggle all over when they wag (Wiggle-wiggle Pit Bull!) to bobtailed Heelers and Rotties whose stumps go like mad metronomes.

      1. Oh, yes, but I was reminded that I forgot to mention the Ridgeback Sisters, Josie and Reebok, aka “THEM!”.

        Their combined tail wagging would easily take down the Steelers’ defensive line.

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