When I brought this girl home almost 4 years ago she was instantly Arthur’s dog. She loved him and he loved her. Since Artie left it has been really hard watching her grieve. I have seen dogs grieve over the loss of other pets but this is totally different. The first 6 weeks she didn’t eat hardly anything. No playing, no smile on her once always happy little face. She would actually sob at times. It was heartbreaking. How do I make her understand what was going on? I did not know what to do. I just knew I could not bare it if anything happened to her. We hand fed her, let her sleep in our room and gave her tons of extra attention. She is coming around, finally eating and playing some. Sometimes she sits outside in the road watching, I think still waiting on Arthur to come walking up from his run. I can see the sadness still in her eyes. Izzy is one of the family and her life, like the rest of us has forever changed.
Has your family lost a loved one? I am sure most of us have. Did your Holiday traditions change because of it? Did you find a way to include your loved one in the festivities? Do you feel their presence during this time? Every family and every member of each family deals with the loss differently. I hope our story will somehow reach you and yours this Holiday season. Our loved ones are in our hearts and will always be part of all of the moments we have in our lives. They smile down at us and are at peace knowing we live on and honor them with a full and happy life. It is not disrespectful to go about living. We are not forgetting those that have gone before us. Enjoy life more because we have learned how precious life truly is.
By now we would usually have all of the Christmas decorations out of storage. We would have lists made and plans on who was coming here for the holidays and where everyone would sleep. But our Arthur had different plans for us this year. As most of you know by now we are going on the road for the holidays. A two week road trip. I find myself quite excited. Not just because we won’t be here, in this house without Arthur, but for the adventure. If there was one thing that kid loved it was an adventure. I have always wanted to get in an RV and just go places we have never been. Sharing this with our daughter and her family will make it so much more fun. So here’s to new memories and maybe a new Holiday tradition for our family. Remember to follow us on our trip. The Traveling Skateboard page is accessible from the drop down menu in the top right corner of the page..
Well kiddo, I survived shopping today. I did good for the most part. Got a little teary eyed when I heard Jingle Bells playing but not to bad. Even sang along. 😃. It was very hard when we ran into to Josh. He still had not heard about your leaving yet.. He was heartbroken. He thought a lot of you “King Arthur”. Today was a good test for me and I think I did pretty well. I should have a t-shirt made… ” I survived Black Friday 2014 ” Love you Artie!!
Well here we are, the start to the holiday season. We’ve had our turkey and pumpkin pie. As we look forward to the rest of the season, I hope everyone that has lost a loved one can find some comfort in the people in their lives that remain. Take a moment now to count your blessings, call someone you have not talked to in a while and tell them you love them. Forgive the things that are eating at you. Smile at the strangers you will encounter tonight and tomorrow as you head out to shop.
Remember the ones we have lost live on not just in our our hearts but in the lessons we learn from their passing. Happy Thanksgiving!