It's heartbreaking. I can honestly say there hasn't been a day in over a month that I haven't cried. Believe me, this does nothing for the skin, my under-eye area looks like a buffalo wallow. Sometimes I can go the whole day without tears (ok, that's only happened once) but before I fall asleep, the thoughts take over. I am helpless as my mind goes over the last few weeks, second guessing every decision. What if I had zigged instead of zagged? Would the outcome have been different? Did we wait too long or didn't we wait long enough? I can put most of these to rest because I know we did everything we could but it takes all my strength to think of other things long enough to go to sleep. And I hate crying myself to sleep because it makes it hard to breathe.
It's different living without a dog. I've not been dog-less since the age of 6 and considering how ancient I am now, that's a really long time! Well meaning people have suggested that we go out and get another dog but I've always known that there wouldn't be any more dogs after Jasper, at least not for a good long while. L.M. Montgomery put it best in Anne's House of Dreams when Capt. Jim said,
"I had a dog once. I thought so much of him that when he died I couldn't bear the thought of getting another in his place. He was a friend - you understand, Mistress Blythe? Matey (cat) is only a pal...but I loved my dog."Or when Leslie said,
"Not just now, thank you, Anne. I don't feel like having another dog yet. I don't seem to have any affection left for another. Perhaps - in time - I'll let you give me one...but there was something almost human about Carlo -- it wouldn't be decent to fill his place too hurriedly, dear old fellow."Being dog-less has only one advantage (that I can see right now), it allows us to travel without restriction. We do love travel and it's not like we stayed home for 15 years but we were always very aware that trips couldn't last too long and we missed Jasper like crazy. The last couple of years we've made sure we didn't stay away too long because he wouldn't eat well when we weren't home. Now, there's no reason to rush home.
And so, travel is probably on the immediate horizon for us. I can accompany T for business and we can spend a little longer in the pool whenever we're down in Florida. We can even start thinking of that 2 week Med. cruise or the 15 day cruise to Hawaii we've never been able to contemplate before. It's good, but it's bittersweet.
Since I never like to end things on a negative note, here's a fun picture to make you smile.
|Jasper with his BFF Hedgie|