On the week-end before school started, Charley began to fail very quickly, and on Labor Day morning a vet arrived so that we could let him go. He was on my bed surrounded by his girls and his doggy pal, Rory. Rory, the older and wiser dog, had seen him through his puppy years and adulthood, always his faithful teacher, and now he was there for this final trip. I have loved each of my many dogs, but Charley was definitely the gentlest soul of the pack. Rory has taken his place on my lap, seemingly to know that that this is now his job to do.
|The dorm room, complete with |
the lofted bed.
For the past week, I keep thinking of things I should have taught Joli. Does she know that if she dries that new shirt in a dryer that it will end up fitting her niece's Barbie? Certainly she won't forget to refrigerate the mayo. Did I remind her exactly how to get her prescription filled and that she shouldn't wait until the bottle is empty? Of course she knows these things...well, I am not so sure about the laundering directions for that shirt. She will be just fine, but I still worry. And the fact that she will be just fine makes me realize how quickly time passes. My granddaughter, MaeLi, turned seven this week. That can't be! I just have one at home. That can't be!
How does a mom and grandmom deal with all of this? Well, I cry in my room sometimes. I throw myself into mindless tasks. I cook far too much food for two. I look at puppy pictures on dog rescue sites, and remind myself that we can't think of that until spring. I text my daughter and remind her about the shirt and the mayo. Fortunately for me , she always responds.