As some of you may know , we lost our Choo-Choo , Leopold Lion Heart , last August. I believe he was special to me in ways that are difficult to explain in words. Maybe that is because words, at times, without meaning to, can trivialize feelings or heartfelt experiences.
Children are permitted to love pets in an almost scandalous, exaggerated fashion, but we as adults, are often groomed to reign in our feelings as pets become secondary to presumed as more important, adult exchanges and experiences.
I hope the child in me continues to always recognize the kindred spirit that can be found in an animal. I hope that I forevermore and a day after that, always allow my feelings for that spirit to flourish! I would never want to become comfortably numb to the beauty of an animal gazing into my eyes with complete trust and acceptance.
People say that when you save an animal, the animal in fact ends up saving you. That may be true , although I am not certain I or anyone for that matter, could ever truly be saved, from life anyway. I do know that Leo was my shelter from the storm in the years that he found refuge here. I know he brought peace, a certain healing stillness, and tranquility to my life. I will always be grateful to him for that.
My sister Dominique , painted a portrait of Leo as a Christmas gift to me. It is the best gift because it brings me joy.
Thank you Dominique.
Have a Wonderful Day.
The New Year and its' many possibilities is almost upon us!
See you soon.
the critters in the cottage xo