Yesterday was a dreadful day for my family. We lost our good brown dog Wendy, and we are all truly devastated. We got Wendy the same year my grandson was born, almost fifteen years ago. I have many pictures of a little toddler followed by a devoted, loving dog. Unfortunately, the animals we love don't live as long as we do, so we have to go on without her. I don't have much heart for a post today, but I remembered that in one of my unpublished manuscripts I have a passage where my heroine lost her cat, so I guess I'll share that today. It fits my mood. The manuscript is titled The Captain and the Cheerleader. I've really got to edit it and see if it can find a home. The picture was made a few weeks before Wendy died.
hated to get up on Friday morning.The
last couple of days had been so emotionally exhausting she would rather have
slept in, but she didn’t think she should use her sick days now.Once the baby came she’d probably need them
flung the covers aside and forced herself to sit up.In spite of her fatigue, she had to smile
when she saw she had covered Samson up.Only the tip of his tail stuck out from under the blanket.
you’re going to be late,” she warned.She gave his shoulder a shake and pulled the covers off of Samson.“Come with me, kitty,” she crooned.“You get some tuna for breakfast.”
didn’t move.“Samson, aren’t you
hungry?” Susan demanded.She touched the
old cat’s head and started to cry.One
touch had told her that her old friend was gone.
wrong?” Kurt sleepily muttered.“Why are
Samson,” Susan choked.“He…he’s dead.”
rolled over and looked at Samson.“I’m
sorry, baby,” he comforted.He snuggled
Susan against him and patted her back.“Don’t feel bad.He had a great
agreed, but it didn’t help much.Samson
had lived with her for a long time.She
couldn’t imagine what she’d do without him.
you like for me to bury him?” Kurt gently asked.
nodded because she couldn’t speak.She
found a pretty enamel box that her father had given her for Christmas one year
and lined it with a soft, fluffy towel.It wasn’t good enough for Samson, but of course nothing would be.
do you want to put him?”
the oak tree in the back yard.He loved
to nap there.”
took Samson outside where Kurt dug a hole for the enamel box.“I think it’s big enough now,” he finally
stroked Samson for the last time; her eyes blurred with tears.“Sleep tight,” she whispered.She might have said more, but her throat
closed up, and she couldn’t make a sound.
sorry, Susan.He was a fine cat.”
nodded and put her arms around Kurt.Why
couldn’t pets live longer?It wasn’t
fair they had to die so young.
kissed the top of her head and solemnly walked her back into the house.