A Living Love
by Martin Scot Kosins
The second day will occur eight or nine or ten years later. It will be a day like any other. Routine and unexceptional. But, for a surprising instant, you will look at your longtime friend and see age where you once saw youth. You will see slow deliberate steps where you once saw energy. And you will see sleep when you once saw activity. So you will begin to adjust your friend's diet -- and you may add a pill or two to her food. And you may feel a growing fear deep within yourself, which bodes of a coming emptiness. And you will feel this uneasy feeling, on and off, until the third day finally arrives.
And on this day -- if your friend and whatever higher being you believe
in have not decided for you, then you will be faced with making a decision
of your own -- on behalf of your lifelong friend, and with the guidance
of your own deepest Spirit. But whichever way your friend eventually
leaves you -- you will feel as long as a single star in the dark night.
But if you are true to the love of the pet you cherished through the
many joy-filled years, you may find that a soul -- a bit smaller in size
than your own -- seems to walk with you, at times, during the lonely
days to come.
And looking down at the place where your dear, perhaps dearest, friend
used to lie -- you will remember those three significant days. The memory
will most likely to be painful, and leave an ache in your heart--
But there will be, I assure you, a fourth day when -- along with the memory of your pet -- and piercing through the heaviness in your heart -- there will come a realization that belongs only to you. It will be as unique and strong as our relationship with each animal we have loved, and lost. This realization takes the form of a Living Love -- like the heavenly scent of a rose that remains after the petals have wilted, this Love will remain and grow -- and be there for us to remember. It is a love we have earned. It is the legacy our pets leave us when they go. And it is a gift we may keep with us as long as we live. It is a Love which is ours alone. And until we ourselves leave, perhaps to join our Beloved Pets -- it is a Love we will always possess.