It rained again last night. The plant pots are full to brimming and the tree branches are hanging low from the weight.
“Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.”
― Bill Watterson
And I agree. A cup of coffee or tea, a good book, rain falling and birds chirping in the trees. That’s about as perfect as it gets.
At night, just after I turn the lamp off and Charlie settles at the end of the bed, I sing to him. I’ve made up this little song about how much I love him. And I sing it several times before we sleep.
It is part of our new routine. Our old one was gutted, and now we have had to scratch a new one into the surface of our lives.
I brush him and he is so still. Basking in the texture rubbed across his back.
I wonder if he is curious why Abi was here and now she is gone? I wonder if he understands, if he grieves too? I think he does, in his own quiet little way. My sweet Charlie boy.
People who don’t appreciate and cherish the love of a pet are missing out. The deep and unwavering bond. How full the quiet moments are.
When I was a child, we had lots of cats and dogs out in the country. I grew up accustomed to them. They were part of my life.
As they are now.
I fear how lonely I would be without a pet. I don’t feel lonely without people around. But I don’t think I could bear a home without a pet to share it with.
I don’t care about the muddy paws. Not having pristine white furniture or rugs. An antiseptic life without germs would be an empty one for me.
“Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.”
Pets will not break your heart until they die, and that is not of their choosing. They will meet you at the door, eyes filled with love and happiness.
They will comfort you when you are sad. Quietly lay beside you and soak up your pain.
How many times have my tears fallen on the ears of a pet? Still they sit there, never to leave you when you need them.
People can take and take from you, but pets need only crumbs to be your best friend.
Oh what would I do without a pet to share my life with?
I think I speak for all of us…