Needing Love

My husband Thom, and I are babysitting for our son’s girlfriend’s guinea pig this weekend. The two of them, (my son and his girlfriend, not the guinea pig), went upstate and didn’t want to leave Graham, (the guinea pig), in the hot car en route, so the skittish little rodent is our house guest for the next few days. It’s already been an eye-opening experience – Graham, rodent though he is, needs love just like the rest of us! If he’s left in his cage by himself too long, he “sulks” by withdrawing into his little igloo house when coaxed to come out. He makes special “irritated” squeaks that guinea pig experts distinguish from the happy squeals he makes when he’s petted and held. When he’s taken out of his cage and allowed to hang out with the family, he gets perkier by the minute, and ends up “popcorning” around the floor, (skittering about with hops and jumps). When you hold him, he lovingly looks up into your eyes, and makes more joyful, purring type squeaks. He’s a first cousin of the rat, but this little guy needs love! And if an 8 inch guinea pig needs love, what about people?

Nobody likes to be taken for granted. You probably cuddle with your dog, pet your cat, and like me, get cozy with your guinea pig. How affectionate have you been to the humans in your life? How cozy have you and your partner been with each other? Are you withdrawing, and sulking in your little houses, or are you “popcorning” around? Think about it……

Gotta go love up Graham some more,

Susan Lager

About Susan Lager

ABOUT ME Susan Lager, LICSW, BCD I grew up in New Rochelle, a suburb of NYC, lived in Manhattan for ten years during college and graduate school, and escaped the madness for the wilds of Maine to be with Thom, the sweet man I'm still married to after 34 years. (We have an awesome 29 year old son named Alec who will run the free world someday). I knew I'd survive the relocation from New York when I discovered the scenic, historic little city of Portsmouth, on the coast of New Hampshire, with its winding streets, great restaurants, and music everywhere. I was especially thrilled to attend the Portsmouth Psychotherapy Institute, an offshoot of the B.I.P., where I did post-graduate training, and then went into private practice creating The Couples Center PLLC, doing psychotherapy, with individuals, couples and groups. In 2010 I opened a division of the practice called COUPLESPEAK™, providing live and online coaching, training programs, workshops, and written materials for people in different kinds of partnerships. I'm still passionate about the work, which is NEVER boring! My clients are courageous pioneers, and they've taught me lots I'll pass on......
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