Struggling with our emotions, we try to smile
through the sorrow of losing the last dog of three.
In the span of three months. Family was visiting when
we received the news. Bittersweet. Good and bad times.
Speaking in tearful, breaking voices, our son
and daughter-in-law phoned about the third dog
in as many months to have passed. The love they
gave one another will be forever remembered.
Pet owners everywhere understand the great
depths of sorrow and sadness experienced when
a beloved family member is no longer there.
Tears and heavy sighs as names are spoken.
On the brighter side, we had a whirlwind visit
from our daughter and son-in-law. Always
on the go, we managed nonetheless to have
memorable moments together. Savored.
A special meal at The Inn Between was
enjoyed by the four of us. All too soon, we
said our goodbyes and parted. We blew kisses,
waved and watched as they drove away.
As if on cue, our teacher neighbors arrived
home early with big smiles at another year
accomplished. I recall those bittersweet
moments when I finished the year.
Saying goodbye to my seniors was
often difficult. Tears welled in my eyes
as I became choked with emotion. I literally
fell into the living room chair and sighed.