Jennifer M. Rodriguez - Family and Relationship Coach
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I'll Stand By You

Hello readers! 

Today I am posting The Pretenders song "I'll Stand By You" in honor of our dog's 4th birthday!  Allie is 45 lbs of warm fuzzies and marshmallow fluff.  When she looks at me with her sad puppy eyes I can't help but sing the first line of this song "Oh, why you look so sad?" at her...followed by the rest of the song, of course. 

It is important to honor Allie's place in our family as a loyal companion.  She gravitates towards people who are feeling ill or sad in order to comfort them, and it is so good for us humans to pet warm fuzzy things.  It releases oxytocins in our brains (as well as the animal's) that helps to soothe and calm.  When our kids snuggle with Allie they now say, "I'm releasing oxytocins!"

My favorite lines:
"Don't be ashamed to cry" because crying is such a great way to express emotions; and it is not a sign of weakness despite stereotypes that suggest otherwise.  It is a freeing feeling to be able to express feelings honestly and openly!

"Nothing you confess, could make me love you less" because this expresses that unconditional love that we strive for in our families.  I think about my own children when I hear that line--I really would not love them less, even if they did something atrocious.

"And when...when the night falls on you, baby; you're feeling all alone, you won't be on your own. I'll stand by you" because sometimes when we are at rock bottom we don't need anyone to swoop in and save us or even give us a helping hand...we just need someone to sit with us and love us to provide that extra get-up-and-go needed to finish fighting the battle.

Hope you enjoy it...and perhaps sing it to your pets, as well!  Go release oxytocins!
<3,
Jen

Lyrics

Oh, why you look so sad?
Tears are in your eyes
Come on and come to me now
Don't be ashamed to cry
Let me see you through
'cause I've seen the dark side too

When the night falls on you
You don't know what to do
Nothing you confess
Could make me love you less

I'll stand by you
I'll stand by you
Won't let nobody hurt you
I'll stand by you

So if you're mad, get mad
Don't hold it all inside
Come on and talk to me now
Hey, what you got to hide?
I get angry too
Well I'm a lot like you

When you're standing at the crossroads
And don't know which path to choose
Let me come along
'cause even if you're wrong

I'll stand by you
I'll stand by you
Won't let nobody hurt you
I'll stand by you
Take me in, into your darkest hour
And I'll never desert you
I'll stand by you

And when...
When the night falls on you, baby
You're feeling all alone
You won't be on your own

I'll stand by you
I'll stand by you
Won't let nobody hurt you
I'll stand by you
Take me in, into your darkest hour
And I'll never desert you
I'll stand by you
I'll stand by you
Won't let nobody hurt you
I'll stand by you
Won't let nobody hurt you
I'll stand by you


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