Update:30th March 2017
Well..it's been a year today and 11 months tomorrow since my beloved wee geezer Armand, and my beautiful little lady, Cody died. Has it been hard? Yes, of course, in a way that the loss of a loved one affects me more, takes longer to come to terms with in my old age. It frequently brings home a sense of my own mortality. On my darlings demise, I totally went to pieces but in time, the raw grief passed. Likewise, I don't feel the pain of their absence during the night or when returning home. I admit I have shed a tear every single day, still expect their sweet little bodies to plop onto the bed for a morning cuddle, chip up to the food bowl at tea time, but there comes a time when grief can be a nasty lodger and needs to be kicked out, a celebration of their lives invited into our hearts. Have we moved to Spain? Thanks to Brexit..ggrrr.. no we haven't but our house is up for sale and we are downsizing, releasing the equity to enjoy life travelling, visiting relatives etc. We still have our beloved big grey cat Gandhi. He's an absolute character, been known to pull the papers from the Estate Agents lap then jump on his knee and drop his soft pink ball for throwing! I feel I must mention that as it was noticed my darlings had gone,my grief brought out the best in friends, neighbours, relatives, even the postman gave me a hug! I didn't have a single negative response. For me, a typical Yorkshire cynic, it has been a welcome revelation..although I still think a friend in need is a pain in the neck
. I follow the threads on CC from time to time, feel empathy with CC members and their poorly pets, pray for a good outcome but also give thanks for the support offered here. Well, I mustn't delay you any longer. I am heading up to my allotment to check on the beautiful heritage roses I have planted in Cody and Armand's memory, a joyous reminder of my beautiful companions. I hope you are all, in the main well. I would love to hear how other people are coping.
Love and hugs
My sweet Armand. A bundle of joy. Think about him every day.