I'm so very sorry to hear about your loss. The defining animal of my life was a cat named Bingo who moved in with us when my son was 2 years old. He left this world when my son was 16. they had been best buddies all of their lives together. It's so hard to say goodbye to your best friend. My heart goes out to you and your family. Thank goodness your dog sitter got there in time to get Kimo to the help he needed. It's clear that he didn't want to leave without seeing you one more time. I can only begin to imagine what a wonderful life he had with you. How very lucky he was to have been loved so well. I do house and pet sitting for friends, and I have a 10 day job starting tomorrow. It worries me because I stay over during my assignments, and I have a sick kitty here at home. My husband will stay home with T.J., and the two of us will trade nights away from home. It's the only way either of us will be comfortable under the circumstances. Whenever I begin a sitting assignment, I always say a prayer for the health and safety of the animals in my charge. I can't imagine how bad your sitter must feel. How do you carry on? One day at a time. It might help you to make a memorial file or a memory book about Kimo. Write about him and the time you had together. You write well, so that should come naturally to you. It might even come in handy for an English assignment. Talk to your teachers and explain what a big part of your life Kimo was. It's likely that they will understand and that they will be willing to work with you in some way for a little while. Maybe they can give you some things to do for extra credit as your heart heals and you are better prepared to do the work you need to do. I've found that in this world, more people are understanding and kind at a time like this than you might imagine. I imagine that many of your teachers will be. Please stay in touch and let us know how you are doing. We all understand the emptiness you feel now, and we will be here for you to lean on as you find your footing on the path to healing. You, your family, and your precious Angel Kimo are in my thoughts and prayers. P.S. I believe that Kimo is the Hawaiian name for Jim.
My heart is battered and bruised, but I will not let it break. It holds such precious cargo, I must protect it now. (Susie Squillions)
"Memories of loved ones are like songs in our soul." Margaret Wakeley
BUDDY GUY AYRES~LYNCH'S RESIDENCY:
KING BING THE GOD CAT'S RESIDENCY:
In one of the stars, I shall be living.
In one of them, I shall be laughing.
And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing when you look at the sky at night.
~ The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery