Even tho' the Nights are so lonely,
the Days are so long,
I WILL learn from your being gone.
Tuffy, I promise you that your passing will not be in vain. Now every day without you I will learn from this terrible sadness of losing you. You went so quickly, so young.... I've asked myself over and over why, why, why? Sitting next to your resting place yesterday, this is what came to me.
(My father had a stroke 10 years ago. He can't speak, just make garbled sounds and can bearly walk. His failure is becoming significant.)
Tuffy would always be with me when I'd visit my Mom & Dad. My Dad would git such a kick out of watching Tuffy play. He was quite the entertainer, throwing his ball in the air and catching it or shaking his rope toy and tossing it around like he was the biggest dog alive! (he wasn't the biggest by any means). We'd go out on the deck and Tuffy would chase the ball as long as I'd throw it. It was some of the few times my Dad would laugh out loud.
So while visiting my Little Man's grave, and meditating on his life and our love for one another, this came to me.
Momma Puppy, you and I know that your Dad doesn't have much time left. You will have to help those that remain behind, Nana, Mandie (my daughter) and Andie (my granddaughter). Teach them when it's time. Momma, teach them how to grieve and how to let PaPa go. Teach what you have learned from my passing.
It will be your greatest tribute to me and our time together.
What a blessing to know Tuf is with me in spirit, and what a wise little spirit he is!
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal;
Love leaves a memory no one can steal.
Tuffy, My Puppy Love
June 20, 2005-July 26, 2010
Becky Leigh, Queen of my Heart
December 2010-November 10, 2015