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Dolores Catania: Letting Go...
Dolores talks about the pain of losing her beloved dog.
UGH! This episode brought back so many awful feelings for me! Losing Boo was one of the hardest things I’ve ever been through. He really was my best friend. Even though he couldn’t talk to me, I know without a doubt that he “got” me. Through thick and thin, Boo was by my side and always brought me such comfort. He was my protector and according to my girlfriends, the only “man” I ever trusted. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t miss Boo terribly, but I know that he’s always with me in spirit.
This episode was all about letting go of the familiar for me. I let go of my dear Boo, and I also took a big step in letting go of the “old” Dolores. This isn’t something that I’ve been able to do overnight, of course. It’s a process that I need to go through a little bit at a time. It’s been exciting to finally focus on me becoming more independent.
Every relationship has its own way of working; what works for some doesn’t always work for everyone else. Before and after our divorce, Frank and I both believed that our children’s happiness comes first. We both firmly felt that it was best for our family that I was around for the kids 24/7, and we were both willing to make sacrifices to make that happen. You see, we may be divorced, but we are still a FAMILY. We will always be tied together, and I’m so proud of where we all are.
Even though we live in two separate homes, I have always trusted Frank whole-heartedly to handle our family’s finances. Now that Frankie has his license and we will soon have two college students leaving the nest, the timing was perfect for me to get back to working outside of the house. My new gym (Powerhouse of Old Bridge, NJ) is thriving, and it’s so gratifying for me to have a career doing something I LOVE!
My ex-husband and I are truly best friends, my children are well adjusted and HAPPY, I’m happy – LIFE IS GOOD!