I am overwhelmed by the kindness here. Although I haven’t responded to each comment, please know that I read each and every one- multiple times- and each was like a warm hug to me.
As most of you probably know, showing your grief about a pet is hard in the real world- most of us are given a day at most to mourn, then we’re sort of expected to suck it up and soldier on. As I work through this I think often of my friends who have been here in this place- Kim, Karri, Meg, and so many others- and reflect on how grateful I am to be surrounded by people who understand.
There is much sadness in the world and I don’t at all pretend that there are not those who are dealing with things so very much worse, but I don’t think that fact invalidates one’s own experiences.
I was thinking about that tired old starfish story today- you all know the one. But in this, I’m not the person on the beach but the starfish.*
*Just in case my marine biology professor ever stumbles upon this, I am obligated to relate to everyone that the correct term is ‘sea star’. Dr. Houston, I haven’t forgotten. 🙂