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The Girl

I lost my writing partner this week. It’s natural, I know, the whole life and death thing, and I was lucky enough to have her by my side for more than thirteen years. But I miss her. And nothing will ever be the same without her. We had so many moments together – our fist and our last, and millions in between. Like the time I had to protect her from a charging goose; the way she greeted me and my husband after our wedding; and the months she spent on high-alert, watching over the kids when they were babies.

I wish I could have one more moment with her, happy and healthy, chasing squirrels in the backyard or snuggled up to my side on the couch. But that’s not how this works. So I’ll remember her often and soak in the final lesson she’s leaving me with. Life is full of change – some happy and some so very sad – and it’s important to live every moment so you are left with no regrets. Stop and listen. Really look into one another’s eyes. Appreciate. And most of all, love. Life is all about feeling – the feelings we send and the feelings we receive – so it’s important that we make each and every moment, each and every thought and feeling, each and every word and action, count.



9 Responses to “The Girl”

  • Trish says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  • Eva says:

    You and Gertie are both exceptional creatures. Isn’t it cool that you found each other? I promise I will live each moment as you said. Thank you and Gertie for teaching me amazing things.

  • Heather says:

    Good evening. I am so sorry for your loss. Yesterday it was the anniversary of my mums cat death. She had been older than me (I’m 16) so she had been with me my entire life. My mum still hasn’t gotten over it she loved her very much. So I understand. I hope you feel better soon and remember she’s still alive in your heart.

    She looks like a lovely and happy dog too, ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    • Kristina says:

      I’m sorry for your loss – it is such a hard adjustment. We just have to remember how happy they were while they were with us, and how lucky we were to have them in our lives.

  • Meg Salladino says:

    I’m so very sorry for your loss ๐Ÿ™ We lost our Siberian husky- Hallie- right before Christmas. She was 11. It was absolutely devastating. I still miss her every single day and I’m sure I always will. Losing a family member is never easy whether 2 or 4 legged. I’m sure she is watching down over you until you meet again. *hugs*

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