Living with a children's author isn't as easy as it looks!

Mom’s mom would’ve been my Grammy if I had every met her. I never did.

I know her through Mom, though. My Grammy worked hard at a sewing factory, but was a teacher at heart. AND she was a storyteller. Like Mom, she would never say 5 words if she could say 50. Every story was a loooong story. She always had something to say and always said it with joy and excitement and gusto and loved the whole process of weaving a tale and watching her audience react to it. They really are a lot alike.

Sometimes, people say, “To make a long story short….” Mom never says that. And she never does that. She is more likely to make a long story longer!

Mom is a writer because she writes her stories down while she’s weaving them. Grammy never had that luxury, although she did tell stories in the letters she wrote. So Mom has heard and read many, many stories since she was a little girl. Storytelling is in her blood and her skin and her bones. And in her fingers, because that’s where the stories come from as far as I can see.

I don’t have fingers, but once I made a “story” when I fell asleep on Mom’s iPad and typed QQQQQ with my ear.

Storytelling also came from Mom’s mom and her mom’s story and the tapestry of how they came together and grew and flourished and continued and will continue forever. Meanwhile, long after my Grammy and Mom jig-sawed their stories together, my own doggy mama taught me to survive as a stray


Me at the shelter with my puppies.

on the mean streets till I could be rescued, fostered, and then FINALLY adopted by Mom. My doggy mama’s lessons are where my story began.

First day at my forever home.


Queen of the world. My story continues…


Comments on: "Inspirational Quote of the Week" (44)

  1. I’m so glad your mama taught you to survive until you found your forever home, Cupcake!

  2. to make a long story short is like giving just facts without telling a story… to skip all the little details what make a story to ours is like reading the ads in a news paper…

    • Absolutely, P. What good is a story without the details? They’re like the meat on a bone. Mmmmm… Meat….

      Love and licks,

  3. Always make a long story longer I love that 🙂
    I’m sorry your own story has sadness but the happy ending of finding your Mom & your forever home is the best ending ever ❤
    My story is only just beginning, and today by reading your post I have learn't you are queen of the world
    Love from D4 AKA as Otter at I've been given permission to use My Angel Brother from Another Mother's blog 🙂

    • Being at your new forever home is always great, and it gets better and better as time goes on. You’ll see, D4. You’re in the perfect place – sent to your family by the perfect angel brother.

      Love and licks,

  4. PS that should have been learned … my spelling is not very good but at 3.5 months I hope you will excuse me 🙂
    Love D4

  5. Your Grammy sounds like an amazing woman, Cupcake. I hope your Mom is sharing her stories with you & will write them to share with kids everywhere, too.

    • She does, PT! My tiny head is FILLED with Mom’s and Grammy’s stories. And Mom’s entire day is filled with mine!

      Love and licks,

  6. What a pretty woman with a dazzling smile!!! I think a story that is all QQQQQQQQQQQQQQ is a good story! Boomer

    • I knew you’d get it, B. I think QQQQQ says it all. Mostly, “I’m a sleepy doggie with a floppy, lazy ear.” Grammy was a great smiler, and so is Mom. Mostly, Mom doesn’t even know she’s walking around smiling, but she is.

      Love and licks,

  7. Stories about your Grandma who loved to tell stories. Does it get any better? Lots of love, Lucy, Xena and Mom

  8. And yours is a pawsome story, Cupcake!

  9. I loved the post about the storytellers in your mom’s family. So now I know where your mom’s talent and passion stems from! Lovely post.

    • Thanks, P. When you’re surrounded, you can’t help but absorb some of what’s around you. I’m pretty sure that makes ME a storyteller, too! Woot!

      Love and licks,

  10. Cupcake, I LOVED reading your story and seeing you with your puppies. I am beyond glad that your mom adopted you and you both live happily ever after and share your stories with us.

    You and your mom are my heroes sorta. You always make me smile and that goes for my mom too. We love your adventures; and by the way, made me laugh when I read your comment on Savannah’s bloggie talking about TKS and her brushie.

    • Thanks, KI.

      GAH! Be careful. Don’t say the word brushie too loudly. I don’t want you-know-who to get any ideas. If she gets that thing out, I will run, slide, jump over furniture, and generally act like a cartoon dog to get away from it. There are 2 other brushies that I’m fine with. Mom says it all has to do with my tiny brain.

      Love and licks,

  11. Love Mitch Albom. Love this post! I hope Love Bug enjoys my stories. Like your mumma Cupcake, I enjoy telling stories with more words 🙂 xx

    • I am SURE that your girl is loving your stories like crazy and attaching them to her stories more and more each day.

      Love and licks,

  12. Wow, you’ve got quite the story to tell C. I guess we all have. I think that’s what your mom is saying. It’s too bad all these electronic devices have interfered with the family story telling. Yet, we manage to get our stories in there.

    Jean and Shoko

  13. Queen of the World, I didn’t know you’d had puppies before you came to live with your mom! How nice that you’re a momma too 🙂 It seems like everyone involved here has a talent for storytelling! 🙂

    • Thanks, S. I think to some degree, all moms are storytellers. There are a lot of stories in the life of a mom! AND a captive audience!

      Love and licks,

  14. Your Grammy would have just loved you and would have probably told you plenty of stories. ❤️🐶📚 She was a kind lady.

  15. Three Pups and a Couple of Kitties said:

    Cupcake, I love that, you, your mom and your Grammy share a history of storytelling. I’m especially glad you willed your mom to pick you for her very own. ~ cuddles Margret

    • Thanks, M. It was no easy task willing Mom to pick me. I was too old, too small, and …you know ….puppies… I was all wrong, and she took me out of the cage and put me back a few times. Then like a miracle, she realized I was PERFECT! Whew!

      Love and licks,

  16. hello cupcake its dennis the vizsla dog oh hay so thats why yoo typed all those qs yoo wer just nayming yorself queen queen queen queen queen!!! hay sinse i am aparently the king of kalifornya maybe we shud hav sum kind of royal summit meeting or sumthing!!! ok bye

    • I like how you think, D. We are both quite royal, so we should definitely hang out… I mean have a summit meeting. We are important. OK. Bye.

      Love and licks,

  17. It’s really true. Why would you tell a story with five words, if you could use fifty? Fifty is a lot bigger than five, and there is more description and detail in fifty than in five.

    I’m glad your mom taught you to survive Cupcake, I know you bring so much joy to your mom.

    • Thanks, J. My doggie mom taught me what I needed to know to wait for my human mom. Mom taught me the rest…. Plus my teacher at obedience school. There’s plenty going on in the tiny brain in my tiny head.

      Love and licks,

  18. We can’t make a long story short either, Cupcake, the details just make it more juicy😹 besides that Granny loses track on what she wants to tell😸You’re all very special and great story tellers❤Pawkisses for a wonderful day🐾😙😻

  19. M. K. Clinton said:

    Your grandmother’s letters could be a great foundation for a new book. Storytelling does not run in my family but art does and I have no artistic talent. LOL!

    • What a bummer missing the art genes in your family, MK. Mom likes to believe she is an artist, but really, she draws like an artistic 5 year old.

      Love and licks,

  20. You got mommy really laughing with your comment on my bloggie Cupcake..mentioning how you have to prompt your mom to assist you getting under the covers and that it seemed she thought you were some animal or other– expecting you to sleep on top of the covers where you belong! That was righteous indignation, and I Cupcake, second it! We need to write up a declaration or something for her to follow! Mom’s get out of control of we don’t make our expectations clear.

  21. Be glad you have a story to tell. It keeps changing as time passes, so keep telling it and your mom can keep writing it.

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