Dear Judy and Carol,
I love to see friendship blossoming in the midst of such tremendous sorrow! I see that happening here between the two of you today, and it warms my heart. You can be sure that Teddy and Pilikia are romping together at the Bridge, and that they are the best of friends.
I first arrived here six years ago this past Tuesday. I made some friends here then and now I can't imagine not ever having met them. My life is richer for our paths having crossed. They have become a huge part of my life, and we still e-mail and call each other often. Our Bridge Kids know that they're doing when they guide us here.
This phenomenon was what inspired the following poem, which Bingo and Buddy sent to me late one night:
THANK YOU TO MY BRIDGE KID
You brought me to this beautiful place
Where I don’t have to hide my face,
Or turn away as I start to cry,
Or act as if you didn’t die.
This beautiful place called Rainbows Bridge
Where we share stories of our kids.
Where each and every person knows
That in deep sorrow, friendship grows.
We share our laughs, we share our pain,
We come back here in sun and rain.
We start to heal, we learn to grow,
And all because of the love we’ve known.
We learn to live our lives again,
To love, to welcome others in.
To let them come into our hearts,
Our homes, our souls, our deepest parts.
You live forever, your legacy grows
With each fur kid we come to know,
And treasure just as we treasured you
You knew we’d find this to be true.
You had faith in us when we felt lost.
You knew the pain was just the cost
Of loving so well, so deep, so true,
Of loving someone as perfect as you.
Thank you for your deep belief
That I would learn, and find relief
From the suffering I thought would never end,
Thank you, my Bridge Kid, my truest friend.
Susan “Susie Squillions” Lynch © 2 December, 2005
In memory of King Bing, The God Cat & Buddy Guy
In deepest gratitude to Ginny & Fifi