Sunday, October 16, 2011

living with great care

having an elder in the house
an elder who
through the bad luck of disease,
an undetected kidney infection
and advanced heart disease,
almost died

has taught me a new lesson in patience
in resilience
in love.

all hours from now on are especially blessed
borrowed from,
as india might say,
the dog above.
(notice her foot, on my foot.
who's the boss asks wendy. we're partners, i reply.)


ArtPropelled said...

Dogs do that don't they ? ... Teach you many things about life that you sometimes don't expect. Wishing you many happy hours together.

Deb G said...

They share so much with us... One of my dogs, Briar, seems to acquire more and more white hairs every day and is showing other signs of her aging. I just love her more and more.

Velma said...

thank you robin
briar has a lovely name, deb

the weird thing about wendy was that she just ran into old age, so quickly, she slowed down only a little this summer.

jude said...

my father was like that. so quickly.

Velma said...

oh, jude. so hard.

Leslie Avon Miller said...

What I have noticed about my beloved pets is that they stay true to who they are to the very end. A lesson. Wendy is a dear and I too wish you many happy Wendy filled hours, days and years ahead.

Velma said...

tears, leslie!
thank you. every moment is ours.

ronnie said...


Valerianna said...

I had no clue that my Sophia kitty was ill. She got what seemed like a cough and was gone in two days. It was soo fast, I didn't see it coming. It bowled me over and took a very long time to recover. I'm glad you have time to cherish with Wendy, it makes a difference I think.

Velma said...

ronnie, thanks
valerianna, whatever time is amazing. we walked two miles today, and for the first time in these very long couple of weeks she didn't stumble or falter on her right side. YAY. maybe she'll see the snow again.

Valerianna said...

Oh, that's wonderful!

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