By e on December 21, 2014
1) man is it fun telling your kids stories about them from when they were babies. The goose was scarred and I’m crying from laughing so hard.
2) fear happens when the dust settles.
3) opiate dreams are the strangest.
4) these lists are always about me.
5) partnership means one person leads when the other can only follow.
6) I am raven-haired.
7) the bug would rather I stay the same.
8) sore throats are the worst. Unless you have a cough, then coughs are the worst. Unless you have a headache, then headaches are definitely the worst.
9) do a good deed because it is good not for the accolades you hope to follow.
10) art is in the eye of the creator.
And one to grow on:
For my animal loving friends: there is a compassion in animal lovers that connects us all. Whether you are a cat or a dog person we can all agree that caring for animals is our greatest gift. God created man to walk this earth but he made sure we would never walk alone. As I write this, Walter sits on my shoulders and purrs like an industrial carpet cleaner. Moose sits beside me all 70 pounds of him curled around me, tucking me into the love seat. Cora sits unseen beside me on the floor playing tag with my arm as I type. Lillian looks on from a room away. Charlie came in from her morning constitution to find her place in moose’s bed which she has annexed. Rudy came in from cold to find his perch up on the day bed in the office.
We bring home these fur babies and we make a promise to them. To care for them in the best way we know how. To make them a part of our family, whatever that looks like. To love them forever. The hardship of loving animals is that forever is never long enough. Most of us will have to make the decision to let go of our beloved companion before we are ready but when they need us to. That’s where the greatest compassion comes from. When we look into their eyes and see that the day has come. It’s not the right thing for every pet owner, but I have sat with every creature that I have loved on that day. I have held them. I have whispered into their ear that they are so very loved. That it’s ok for them to go. That it’s time for them to run without pain. To breathe easily. To chase that ball for the rest of forever. I have thanked them for being mine. For comforting me when that was what I needed. I can still remember that moment with each of them.
To my friends who have recently lost, Chloe and Dewey were so lucky to have you. I know that this Christmas will be hard, but your life is that much richer for having had them in it.
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