Things are looking up. Some say it’s always better to look up.
It’s been warm enough to sit outside in the garden without a coat. Yesterday Merlin luxuriated and I happily sweated in the sun on our picnic blanket. He may have pulled another rabbit out of the nine lives hat. His litter box score was bulls-eye perfect this week. And we spent quality time snoozing and meditating together when a mountain of stress threatened my sanity. Cats are better than most shrinks.
Odin and Domino are cavorting happily all over the property. Odin who has not traveled in a car since he arrived here three years ago (thanks mobile vet) suddenly expressed interest in auto interiors. Maybe he knows something I don’t?
I began creating a memorial garden for Gris Gris and Odin stopped by to pay his respects. Spring is a wonderful time to create or revamp a pet memorial garden. it doesn’t need to be big and if you have no garden, a patio planter and some creativity can substitute.
So far, I’ve used some old bricks, transplanted some bulbs and moss, plus added a wrought-iron owl to keep watch over our dear boy. it will take shape and transform organically. During the winter when he was buried under the snow, I felt some of my grief safely compartmentalized like food in a freezer. Once the snow melted and the dull brown ground emerged, i felt the sadness seeping to the surface. The burial mound like the rest of the winter worn garden reflected my mood but I didn’t feel like moping. There was too much outdoor work to be done. There’s a time sob under the covers curled in a ball and a time to unfurl and feel something different. The promise of spring and renewal urged tendrils of hope to reach out.
All the mental planning of what the memorial garden would look like felt good but it wasn’t as rewarding as the physical exertion of moving garden furniture, rolling birch tree stumps, digging the ground and carrying bricks. Like grieving, it’s a work in progress but every act symbolizes love. Every action is a step towards healing.
Have you created a memorial garden or special spot for your pet? If you’d like to participate in a future post I’m doing on memorial gardens, please email your images to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include your name, the name of the pet and any other details of interest. Thanks! No matter what, I hope things are looking up for you this week!